HELLENIC LEAGUE: Fowler reaping rewards of regular football
6:00am Friday 4th October 2013 in Latest News
SHRIVENHAM’S in-form striker Josh Fowler just needed an opportunity to prove how good he is, instead he was being stifled at Swindon Supermarine.
That is the opinion of Shrivvy manager Dave Turner, who has reaped the rewards of sticking the teenage hot-shot in his starting line-up on a regular basis following his switch from the Webb’s Wood Stadium.
Fowler has netted eight times in the Barrington Park outfit’s last six games, including another two in the 3-0 Berks & Bucks Senior Cup victory over Holyport on Tuesday night, and Turner can’t stop raving about the frontman.
“We’ve been able to give him a lot of confidence,” said the Shrivvy boss. “He’s at a level now where he’s wanted and playing plenty of minutes.
“He loved it at Supermarine but he’s only 18 and he wants to be playing and he knows that if he wanted to be playing he needed to be somewhere else.
“He’s come into a changing room with a lot of other players like himself, I’ve got a lot of youngsters here, and he’s given everything that he can and he’s been exceptional for us.
“He came to us with not a lot of football and his first game wasn’t great but it’s amazing how much he has come on since then. That’s not luck, he’s worked hard at his game and he’s deserved it.”
Fowler isn’t the only one drawing high praise from Turner this week, however.
“I’ve got some very good youngster in there as well as him. There’s Richie Miles, who’s been scoring plenty of goals recently and he’s done fantastically since he came in.
“I’ve got a real headache ahead of this weekend. The performance in midweek was superb. It was as good as any I have seen since I have been here. Louis Le Touche in goal was excellent again and now he’s keeping Stewie (Stewart Thompson) out of the team.
“Harry Etheridge wasn’t available for the game on Tuesday but other players have put in terrific performances and I’m in a wonderful position now where I don’t know what to do.
“People are making it hard for me to select the team and that can only be a good thing.”
Dave Coleman is absent and Matthew Pill is also missing for Turner this weekend, while the Shrivvy boss continues to wait on Michael Silvanus, who is close to a return to full fitness.
Elsewhere, Wootton Bassett host Oxford City Nomads as they go in search of their first home win since the end of August.
Bassett have only tasted success once in their last eight games since beating Shrivenham 3-0, and lost 5-2 to Lydney last weekend to leave them 12th in the league table.
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