HELLENIC LEAGUE: Traas targeting title for Fairford
FAIRFORD skipper Henry Traas feels his team are beginning to click after a slow start to the Division One West season and is confident that a title charge is a genuine possibility.
However, he warned that the Cinder Lane outfit must improve their potency in the final third, even if they have managed 10 goals in their last three outings.
Fairford take on a Purton side tomorrow that despite a strong start, have conceded nine goals in the last two games and Traas has urged his team to capitalise.
“We’ve been good lately, at the start we had a few players missing and since then it’s been about finding the balance of the side and I think we’ve found that now,” said Traas.
“By half way through the season we will definitely be looking to push up with the top teams if not in the next few weeks.
“I still believe winning the league is possible with the side we’ve got, we can definitely push for that.
“If we can add a few more goals to our game then that will put us in a better step, because we’ve struggled to find a regular goalscorer.
“We’ve created a lot, but people haven’t been getting on the end of things and it’s down to everyone to score goals.”
Striker Todd Hathaway has been struggling with a dead leg but may be fit for tomorrow’s game, while left-back Colin Curtis is away.
For Purton, Darren Brown is still out with a rib problem, but Ryan Child is back and striker Blaine Fitzgerald could return.
Purton midfielder Scott Campbell has been impressed with the way in which Fairford have opened their season and says it is important his side take on their local rivals in a positive manner.
“Fairford have made a pretty positive start and have done pretty well even though they have had some difficult games,” said Campbell.
“We need to bounce back from our recent defeats, but I put that down to the fact we’ve been short of players for the last few weeks.
“But we should have a couple back this weekend and if we have our best 11, I’m confident we can give anyone a game.
“We need to make a good start against Fairford because the last two results haven’t been particularly good.”
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