HELLENIC LEAGUE: Mitch expects Vics to build on fine start
WINGER Mitch Webb is hopeful that Malmesbury can kick on following their positive start to the Division One West season when they visit Purton tomorrow.
Vics’ 2-0 win over Old Woodstock on Saturday means that after the opening week of the Hellenic League, Malmesbury are the only local side with a 100 per cent winning record.
And left-winger Webb said: “We’re all buzzing. It’s a good start but it’s only one game and we’re looking to build on it.
“With a few of our lads being from Swindon, that makes the game on Saturday even more local.
“It’s hard to read too much into their results but we’re hoping that after a bit of a tanking (Purton lost 5-0 to Shortwood on Tuesday), their morale has dipped a bit.
“These are the sort of games people might not expect us to get anything out of, but we’re quietly confident.”
Midfielder-cum-striker Lewis Petrie and central midfielder Adam Whitefield are available again after missing the league opener due to unavailability.
Vics manager Gareth Davies is relishing the prospect of pitting his wits against Purton boss Chris Pethick, who has a wealth of Hellenic experience to his name.
“As a management team we’re still inexperienced compared to the likes of Chris Pethick who have been around for years,” said Davies. “I’m looking forward to being tested.”
Meanwhile, New College will be without centre-back Josh Croucher this weekend after he suffered a badly bruised leg in Wednesday’s 2-0 win over Tuffley.
A late challenge resulted in Croucher being taken to hospital by ambulance with around 10 minutes to go of the Division One West clash.
There were initial fears that the defender had sustained a fracture and he was yesterday awaiting a verdict on whether ligament damage had been done.
College boss Rob Hopkins said: “Josh cleared the ball and the lad caught him. I don’t want to say there was malice involved, I think it was a genuine accident.
“It was the other end of the pitch to where I was standing, but it looked nasty.”
The students travel to Old Woodstock in the league tomorrow hoping to build on their Tuffley victory.
“It was hard getting some of them focused for the game on Wednesday,” admitted Hopkins, referring to pre-exam result nerves.
“But there was a lot more grit in the way we defended and especially in the last 10 minutes when we were down to 10 men.
“It’s a hard thing to do when you are that age, but they showed great maturity and if we get a similar result on Saturday that would be great.
“Old Woodstock will be decent. They are always strong and competitive and I know they have had a change of management, but as for the playing staff I don’t know. They are an unknown entity.”
In addition to the sidelined Croucher, skipper Ben Wells is unavailable due to work commitments.
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