Roberts sets his Bassett side a target
WOOTTON Bassett Town manager Jeff Roberts is targeting six points from his side’s next two matches before they face the Hellenic League Premier Division big guns.
Having seen Saturday’s match with Kidlington at the Corinium Stadium fall foul of the weather, Bassett will be hoping for better luck tonight when they entertain Cheltenham Saracens.
Roberts’ men had been on a decent run of results prior to the enforced break, tasting defeat only once in nine outings, but since the turn of the year Bassett have only played twice.
“It’s been difficult,” Roberts said. “We were on a good run before Christmas and then we have sort of stopped.
“Hopefully we can get a game tonight, pick up the win to take on us to Holyport on Saturday.
“If we can win these two games it will give is a bit of confidence going into games against the likes of Wantage Town.”
Bassett go into the match against the Gloucestershire side without Jason Milhench, as he is still to complete a three-match ban. The striker was sent off playing for his father Peter’s Wiltshire League side Supermarine Sports.
Roberts is also hoping to discover what sort of playing budget he will have for next season, as work on their new Ballards Ash home in the near future.
“We have got five or six players who could be playing in the Southern League and I want them to achieve that here, especially with the new facilities that we’ll have,” the Bassett boss said.
“So I’d like to try and persuade them to stay here and help us push for the Southern League.”
While expecting fitness levels to be slightly below par, Roberts has no injury concerns for the Saracens match.
Meanwhile, New College will be hoping that they can bounce back from Saturday’s 3-1 defeat at Shortwood United when they visit Lydney Town in Division One West.
Manager Rob Hopkins was pleased with his side’s performance at Meadowbank and he will be hoping that his young side can turn that into points.
But the trip to the Forest of Dean will be a tough one, as the fifth-placed Severnsiders eased to a 4-1 victory over basement boys Letcombe recently.