HELLENIC LEAGUE: Davies urges critics to give his side a break
MALMESBURY Victoria boss Gareth Davies wants the doom-mongers to lay off his “football babies” as he looks to revitalise the Flying Monk Ground outfit.
The Vics manager has not had the best week of his life, having led his side to back-to-back 8-0 and 10-1 defeats to Highworth Town and Wantage Town, but he does not feel the criticism levelled at his young squad is justified.
Davies took to Twitter in midweek to vent his frustration, asking his players’ critics to “give my lads a chance”, and speaking to the Advertiser ahead of the weekend clash with Lydney Town in Hellenic Division One West, he expanded on those thoughts.
He said: “Tuesday was a training exercise for a few of the players who haven’t been involved as much, for some of the younger players and for the reserves.
“We weren’t expected to win and I’d say that (Wantage) will be up there at the end of the season, they were a cut above.
“We chucked the lads in for some experience and it will have been good for them.
“Our main focus is on the league.
“When we get beaten we always expect some criticism but I want to focus on what we are doing, we’ve only had 10 or 11 games and we’re only just getting started. We haven’t had time to do anything yet.
“There have only been seven league games and we will get it right in time.
“I don’t really want to get involved in putting things up on Twitter but I won’t have the lads slagged off.
“They’re just football babies, they’re all 19, 20 or 21 and they need a bit of time.”
Chris Oke is available to Davies having signed for Malmesbury this week, while Vics are sweating over the fitness off Scott Chilcott.
Elsewhere in the division, New College visit Hook Norton, Fairford Town entertain Shortwood United and Purton host North Leigh United.
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