MALMESBURY VICTORIA joint-manager Josh Langley says his side must continue to pick up points wherever they can ahead of their crunch Hellenic League Division One West tie with Thornbury Town tomorrow.

Fifth place Victoria travel to third place Thornbury this weekend, looking for a win that will take them within two points of their promotion rivals.

Malmesbury go into this fixture having won their last two games by an aggregate scoreline of 7-2 - and Langley is especially proud of the 4-1 win against Cheltenham Saracens, a game he feels has helped to buck their recent struggles.

Langley also knows how competitive the league can be, but doesn’t fear a Thornbury side that has only tasted defeat once so far this term.

He said: “Thornbury are on a really good run at the moment, so for us it’s a big game.

“It’d be nice to leave with three points, but I would happily take a draw at this stage because in this league, any team can beat anyone.

“If we keep picking up points here and there, then that will help us out at the end of the season.

“When we beat Cheltenham Saracens two weeks ago, we created plenty of chances and in the second half we defended really well.

“We’ve set the bar high with that performance so it’s really important we don’t drop under that level.

“The message this weekend will be to do the same again because we can’t afford to drop points if we want to get promoted."

Malmesbury have already tasted defeat against Thornbury once this season, going down 3-1 at the Flying Monk Ground.

But Langley believes that Victoria’s newly-regained confidence will stand them in good stead to come out on top this time around.

He said: “The lads are finally smiling again. We’ve been really poor since our FA Vase exit to Sholing. The games after that haven’t been amazing, but the Cheltenham Victoria game made us realise that we’re a good team and that we can win games again.

“Thornbury beat us at our place earlier in the season and they’ve got some really good players.

"They’ve got a tricky winger who is excellent, so if we can keep him quiet and keep the other attacking threats quiet then we should be alright, but they’re on a good run of form and they’re going to be buzzing so it will be a really good game.”

Elsewhere in Divison One West, Pewsey Vale host Cheltenham Saracens while in the Hellenic Premier Division, Royal Wootton Bassett Town host Brimscombe & Thrupp on Friday night before Fairford Town travel to Ascot United and Shrivenham host Wantage Town on Saturday afternoon.