HELLENIC LEAGUE: Laughter the best medicine at New College
ROB Hopkins is more than happy for wind-ups to continue at New College if it means a healthy team spirit is maintained.
The boss stole the captain’s armband off new skipper Alex Swatridge last week and spent several days asking the keeper why he had lost it.
Eventually Swatridge’s conscience was cleared before College’s 3-0 defeat to Fairford on Saturday when Hopkins admitted to the high jinks.
“We noticed he kept putting the armband in his bag rather than in the main kitbag where it should be, so we nicked it,” explained Hopkins.
“We told him we could be fined £25 by the league if we didn’t have the right armband and said he needed to get one from Don Rogers Sports.
“He left training on Friday and sprinted down there, only to be told they didn’t have one.
“When we saw him at the Fairford game I took my tracksuit top off and had the armband round my arm, so then the penny dropped.
“That kind of sums up the crack we’re having at the moment, there’s a great team spirit here and it’s good that we have that.
“I’m fully expecting a bit of banter back from him at some point.”
New College travel to Clanfield in Hellenic League Division West this weekend and welcome back centre-midfielder Max Slinn, who has returned from holiday.
Meanwhile, Purton defender Jamie Richards faces a race against time to be fit for the home clash with Tuffley.
Richards picked up viral tonsillitis on Tuesday and is hoping he does not have to join Darren Brown on the sidelines (cracked ribs).
Steve May is away but Ash Gooch (groin) may be fit, while skipper Marcus Hall, Jamie McGahey and Leigh Brown are available again.
Richards said: “Tuffley look like they haven’t had the best start but their 1-1 draw against Tytherington was pretty good, but apart from that they don’t look like they will be too much trouble.
“We’re really happy with how it’s gone this season and are hoping for at least top three. We’ve got a great chance of doing well if we can keep the same first-team squad every week.”
Elsewhere, Malmesbury are without a competitive fixture this weekend.
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