WILTS SENIOR CUP: Fisher expects feisty clash as Davies returns to Elms
JOHN Fisher is expecting a “spicy” afternoon in the Wiltshire Senior Cup when former Highworth reserves boss Gareth Davies takes his Malmesbury side to the Elms tomorrow.
Davies, his assistant Ady Roper and several of his Vics players were involved with the Worthians prior to their switch to the Hellenic Division One West outfit and Fisher feels the links cause friction on the pitch.
However, local non-league’s most outspoken manager, who will be missing Russell Byrne through injury this weekend, has stated that the visitors ought to have no chance of making it to round two.
“Gareth Davies was obviously the reserves manager at Highworth so that makes it a bit spicy and there are a lot of old Highworth reserves players there who will have thought they should have been in the team,” he said.
“To put it simply, if we put out our strongest XI and they put out their strongest XI there’s only one winner, and that’s us.
“I expect them to come out and give it a good go and if we don’t perform at all then maybe they could have a chance.
“For them it’s a win-win. If they lose then everyone will be saying they were expected to lose and if they win they get all the headlines.”
Davies, however, thinks the occasion could be a little milder than Fisher is predicting.
Malmesbury’s main focus this season is the league and with his side winless in Division One West since August, it is perhaps understandable that the Vics boss would happily swap a cup giantkilling for wins elsewhere.
“I understand where he (Fisher) is coming from but I see it a bit differently,” he said. “I enjoyed every minute of my time at Highworth and I have to thank them because they put me and Ady on the road to management.
“There are a few people I’m looking forward to seeing there but for us it has to just be another game.
“The lads who played there had a few games in the first team and I’d hope they feel the same way about it.
“For us this season is all about concentrating on the league. Results have not been going the right way for us recently and we need to change that.
“Highworth are flying and Fish’s squad must have an average age of 25, 26 or even 27 while ours is 21.
“They’ve got a lot more experience so it will be really tough.”
Davies has no new injury worries to contend with as he trims his first-team squad of 18 down to a matchday squad of 16.
“Two lads are going to be left out and I’m sure they’ll be disappointed,” he said. “But that’s football.”
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