Rovers set for close encounter of the third kind!

Tuffley Rovers and Brimscombe & Thrupp go head to head on Friday evening, their third encounter in the last eight weeks, as they face each other in the Bluefin Sports Hellenic League Challenge Cup.

Rovers, who returned to form with a 4-0 FA Vase win over Western League side Sherborne Town on Saturday, take on the South Gloucestershire side having already played out two league fixtures already this season; the first ending 0-0 on 29 August, before Brimscombe won 2-0 at Glevum Park last week.

Mark Pritchett’s side started the season in terrific form but their most recent exploits – predominantly in a variety of cup competitions – have seen some mixed performances and results but the Rovers boss was pleased with their endeavours on Saturday.

“Saturday was a brilliant day for the club, we put in a good performance to see off a hardworking Sherborne side 4-0 and it was good to get back to winning ways, after a slight dip in form. Hopefully we’ve got our confidence back and we can get another run going”, said Pritchett.

The game is somewhat unusually being played on a Friday evening, as Rovers take advantage of the Hellenic League’s encouragement for sides to look at ways of increasing supporter attendance at games and Rovers’ Secretary, Neil Spiller, was pleased that Brimscombe & Thrupp agree to support the proposal.

“We get reasonably sized crowds for a club at our level, but we want to look at all possible avenues for encouraging a few additional faces at our games”, he said. 

“We approached Brimscombe, who were more than happy to support the idea and the league didn’t hesitate in granting their permission. We really appreciate the support given and hope the initiative will be rewarded with an increased gate.”

Injuries and suspensions have taken their toll on Pritchett’s squad recently and although players are starting to return, new striker Gareth Jones will miss the tie, having started a three match ban following his dismissal against Thatcham Town recently. 

Pritchett has managed to add to his numbers this week, signing Adam Mace on a dual registration basis from Southern League Slimbridge, with a view to the left-sided player providing short-term cover for Tristan Haswell, who picked up a knock on Saturday. 

Kick-off is 7:45pm on Friday, at Rovers’ Glevum Park.