Roberts to shake it up at Bassett
JEFF Roberts believes there is complacency in the Wootton Bassett camp and is keen to shake his squad up to improve results.
Bassett are without a victory in their last four games and the boss says he needs more quality at his disposal ‘all over the pitch’.
This includes in midfield, which Roberts rates as his side’s greatest strength.
“The midfield we’ve got is as good as you can get in the league but there’s a couple of them not performing,” he said.
“Alex Rigley has been a bit hot and cold, Sam Packer has come in from Ciren and been a bit disappointing, Ryan Stanners was a bit out of the game on Saturday (at Ascot).
“I felt a bit sorry for Jord (Roberts) and Sam Ockwell because you can’t play with two midfield players.
“I still think we need a bit more quality all over the pitch. We’re not tight enough at the back, we’re sloppy in midfield and we’re lacking in firepower up front.
“There’s players turning up and thinking they are just in the side - there’s been more than one or two like that, to be honest.
“A few changes might encourage people to buck their ideas up.”
It is believed that Roberts has been prioritising his striker chase ahead of tonight’s game at Kidlington in the Hellenic Premier.
Meanwhile, James Domm will take his place in goal for Shrivenham this evening as they make the trip to Flackwell Heath.
The custodian will don the number one jersey in the absence of Swindon Town loanee Josh Helm (thigh) and the unavailable Stewart Thompson.
Domm, who previously played under Shrivvy boss Dave Turner at Wootton Bassett, is also expected to play against Brimscombe in the FA Vase on Saturday.
“If you do the right things and build the right sort of relationships then people step in and help out, and Dommy is very much of that ilk,” said Turner.
“He was very honest and said he would not be able to commit every week, but he’s doing a job for us this time which is great.”
Turner is still waiting on the decision of a keeper he has been chasing of late, while he has put in a seven-day approach for a wide player.
Elsewhere, Highworth travel to Brimscombe and stand-in Worthians boss Kev Moloney says there are two candidates to cover for the upcoming three-match suspension of stopper Kieran Shail.
Shail was dismissed for handling outside his penalty area in a league fixture against Thame a week ago.
"Kurtis Sharkey and Garry Eggleton will cover Kieran's absence,” said Moloney.
“Kurtis is an experienced goalkeeper and Eggy wants to compete as well when he returns from holiday."
Elsewhere, Chippenham face Redditch In the Southern Premier while in Division One South & West, Cirencester entertain Taunton.
Ciren have been drawn at home to Portchester in the second qualifying round of the FA Cup.
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