HELLENIC LEAGUE: Collier wants Shrivenham to go on a run
5:30am Friday 28th March 2014 in By Tom Bassam, Chief sports writer
SAM Collier has challenged his Shrivenham players to convert Tuesday night’s victory over Kidlington into a prolonged run of success as they prepare to face Reading Town tomorrow.
The Barrington Park side won 3-2 in Oxfordshire to win their first game since Collier took over the club following the passing of former manager Dave Turner at the start of February.
Shrivvy face a Reading side sitting 10th in the Hellenic Premier table tomorrow and, while Collier knows it will be a tough clash, the boss is equally confident his side are capable of taking all three points.
“It was a huge relief to get the win and it was important that we got it, it was overdue and the lads deserved it after a really tough couple of months for them,” he said.
“It wasn’t just a case of us deserving it because it was also a three points we vitally needed given our position in the table and it moves us that little bit away from the bottom four which is really good as well.
“The next challenge is back-to-back wins and we really want to push on, get another win and then get ourselves on a nice, consistent run which can take us up the table, that’s the important thing.
“If we can win one then we are capable of winning another, although this weekend’s game is another tough one against a decent side with a decent budget.
“We can take all the positives from the other night because Kidlington are probably the best side I’ve seen us play, they passed it really nicely, but for 20 or 25 minutes they really couldn’t live with us.
“If we can produce that again we have a chance against any side I think.”
Despite his harsh red card against Ascot last weekend, Collier remains available for tomorrow’s fixture as his suspension doesn’t kick in until next week. However, it remains to be seen if the player-manager will move from defence back to his regular striking role following the acquisition of Fairford centre-half Nathan Hawkins this week.
“I’m still okay this Saturday which is good and we’ve also managed to bring in Nathan Hawkins from Fairford this week, he’s a good player,” he said.
“We’ll have to decide whether or not I stay at the back or move back up front but we have a few other players coming back too so there’s plenty of decisions to be made.”