HELLENIC LEAGUE: Purton aim to put down marker
6:00am Friday 1st November 2013 in Latest News
PURTON manager Chris Pethick says his side can put a marker down with a good result against Hellenic League Division One West table-toppers Tytherington, writes CHRISTOPHER PANKS.
The Reds sit fourth in the standings but a win tomorrow could see them go top, depending on other results.
Pethick said: “I think we’ve got a squad that should be there or thereabouts.
“We enter the league because we want to win it and a good performance down there will show the rest of the teams how good we are.
“We’ve played really well and if we can go top, that might make a few people sit up and take notice, but it also means that teams will be shooting at us and we become a target.
“We’re still in the cups and doing well in the league, our squad depth has helped and if we can keep our players available, we can do very well on all fronts.”
Pethick will be without Johnny Coole, Callum Hall and winger Joe Dorey who are each carrying injuries but the boss remains confident.
He added: “We’d prefer to play them at home, but we beat them at their place the season before last and we feel confident we’d give anybody a good game.”
New College chief Rob Hopkins should have a full squad to pick from when his side visit high-flying Shortwood reserves tomorrow.
Hopkins said: “The pitch is probably the best in the area so we’re looking forward to playing there, it suits our style and theirs.
“They will want to be in the top two come the end of the season and their first team has made it to the first round of the FA Cup, so the reserves will all be pushing hard for a place.”
Malmesbury manager Gareth Davies is looking forward to focusing on the league again following a disjointed period of cup ties and abandoned fixtures.
“We’ll be glad just to get 90 minutes in the league,” said Davies, whose side host Hook Norton.
“Lydney was abandoned and Wantage took us apart in the cup which was a horrible day. The league is our priority, we’d rather looking down than up at this point and so we need to start getting some points on the board.”
Striker Scott Chilcott and midfielder Michael Solan return while 17-year-old Josh Newman looks set to feature.
Elsewhere, Fairford travel to Tuffley, a side who sit a solitary point ahead of them in the league.
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