HELLENIC LEAGUE: Highworth keeper frustrated by ban
HIGHWORTH stopper Kieran Shail is frustrated that his stop-start opening to the season is set to continue following his midweek red card.
The young keeper was dismissed for handling outside the area in the 1-0 Hellenic Premier win over Thame and therefore faces a three-match ban.
“I felt it was a bit of a harsh decision,” said Shail. “He tried to chip it over my head, the ball caught me in the face and I caught it instinctively.
“The officials said I was outside the box, but I’m fairly sure I was inside it.
“I was injured in pre-season and have just got back into the team, so to have a three-match ban isn’t what you want.”
Shail is available for the clash with table-toppers Reading at the Elms tomorrow as stand-in boss Kev Moloney continues to take charge in the absence of holidaying manager John Fisher.
Ryan King is injured but Matty Bennett and Richie Saunders are back and new midfielder Sam Wadieh looks set to play some part.
“I’m sure being at home we’ll look to get three points, but being top of the league they will look for three points as well,” said Shail.
“They aren’t unbeaten so we have a good chance. Our main threat is going forward and they are good at the back, so it should be an interesting game.”
Roberts was due to hold talks with both parties ahead of tomorrow’s visit to Ascot in the Hellenic Premier.
He said: “Levi Cox (striker) has just come back from four months out so it is going to take him a few games to get up to speed.
“We’re lacking a bit up front at the moment as we’re missing Lee Stevens and maybe we’ll look to get in another couple of defenders as well.”
Ryan Stanners, Craig Bowden and Lewis Chatwin are available for tomorrow’s game but Lee Stevens, Aaron Stevens and Shaun Carter are away.
Ex-Swindon Town youth player Callum Wright, who featured at left-back in the Floodlit Cup defeat to Tytherington on Wednesday, should be involved.
Sam Packer was sent off for handling on the line against the Rocks but his suspension has yet to kick in.
Shrivenham entertain Brimscombe at Barrington Park and Swindon Town loan keeper Josh Helm was yesterday due to undergo a fitness test, with Luke Adams on standby.
Shrivvy boss Dave Turner said: “I’ve got some serious decisions to make this weekend as we performed well last weekend and the lads that came in for the Floodlit Cup in midweek put a real shift in.”
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