HELLENIC LEAGUE: Roberts wants Bassett focus
WOOTTON Bassett boss Jeff Roberts has asked for a ‘professional’ performance from his players when they entertain Abingdon United at the Corinium this evening.
Bassett will be hopeful of three points against a side that have only won once in 17 Hellenic Premier games, their sole triumph coming against Shrivenham three weeks ago.
However, Roberts has warned that underestimating tonight’s visitors would be a huge mistake.
“We need to treat it as a normal game and be professional,” he said.
“They are bottom but they have won one game and if we don’t perform we will cause ourselves problems.”
Roberts has brought in defender Sam Brown from Supermarine to supplement the signing of striker Sam Collier, with the former warming the bench for the 2-1 loss to Reading on Saturday.
“With the players we’ve brought in it’s going to give me a bit of a headache as to who to pick on Wednesday,” said Roberts, who now has a centre-midfielder on his radar.
“But at the end of the day we have to play the players who are turning up week in, week out and performing.
“Once we get some wins and a bit of confidence, we’ll be OK. We knew it was going to take us two or three months to get things right.”
Callum Wright is unavailable for Bassett tonight but defender Shaun Carter is back from suspension and captain Steve Yeardley also returns.
Elsewhere in the Hellenic Premier, Shrivenham are at home to Highmoor who have already caused controversy in Wiltshire this season.
Bassett skipper Steve Yeardley branded the Berkshire side as ‘thugs’ while Highworth captain TJ Bohane tweeted that playing against Highmoor had been ‘interesting to say the least’.
However, Shrivvy boss Dave Turner says he is going into the league clash with an open mind.
He said: “I’m looking forward to it, I’ve heard so much from so many different people. All I can do is turn up and see what’s put in front of me.
“I will have an opinion after the game, not before. Obviously I’m aware of what’s been said but that’s irrelevant to me. I will only call it on what happens on Wednesday night.”
Turner is missing the absent Nathan Blackford while keeper Louis Le Touche is doubtful, so Stewart Thompson could deputise. Richie Miles and Dave Coleman are available again.
In last night’s Southern Premier action, Chippenham endured a miserable evening as they were hammered 9-0 at home to Stourbridge after having Greg Tindle and Iain Harvey sent off early on.
In Division One South & West Cirencester won 2-1 away at Godalming while Highworth picked up a point from their Hellenic Premier clash with Binfield after Ryan King’s equaliser secured a 1-1 draw.
- THE Advertiser wishes to apologise for any confusion caused by yesterday’s reporting of the the second-round draw of the Hellenic League Supplementary Cup.
New College will face Carterton or Abingdon United away if they are defeated by Rayners Lane in the Challenge Cup.
A loss to Brimscombe & Thrupp in the Challenge Cup will see Highworth go to Lydney or Shortwood in the Supplementary Cup.
Should New College and Highworth win their respective clashes against Rayners Lane and Brimscombe & Thrupp, they will avoid the Supplementary Cup altogether.
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