SAM Collier is looking forward to fielding a settled side now that Shrivenham’s involvement in all cup competitions are over.
The Barrington Park side bowed out of the Hellenic Floodlit Cup on Tuesday at Brimscombe and Thrupp and the new player-manger is fully focused in getting Shrivenham up the Premier Division table.
However, Collier is facing a tough task tomorrow as he takes his side to title chasing Highmoor Ibis.
“They are flying at the moment,” Collier said. “They have only lost once in their last 16 matches.
“It has been a tough start for me as manager having played Wantage Town twice and now we’ve got Highmoor.
“But I can start to pick a settled side now that we are out of the cups because everyone is available and not having to come in and out of the side because they are cup-tied.”
The former Cirencester Town striker has had a tough start to his managerial career after taking charge following the sudden and tragic passing of Dave Turner last month.
Three defeats in three matches, two in cup competitions, has left Shrivenham fifth from bottom and Collier is keen to turn the tide.
“Things have calmed now,” he said. “We need to start getting some points and climbing up the table.
“We have tighten things up at the back but we need to be more ruthless in front of goal.
“We are creating chances, which is good, but we have to start put them away.
“I’m still looking to strengthen the squad, but at this time of year it is difficult because there aren’t that many players available.”
Meanwhile, Wootton Bassett Town will be looking to build on their 1-0 victory over Cheltenham Saracens when they head for Holyport tomorrow.
Bassett sealed the three points on Wednesday night courtesy of a Lee Stevens strike at the start of the second half.
Jeff Roberts’ men should head to the Maidenhead-based side full confidence with their hosts only winning once since the start of November and have lost their last six matches.