HAVING lost striker Steve Robertson to Kidlington and this evening without the services of Ryan Stanners because of work commitments, Shrivenham boss Gareth Davies will be forced to shuffle his pack ahead of tonight’s Hellenic League Premier Division trip to Fairford.

The odds are firmly stacked against Shrivenham this evening with Fairford currently enjoying an eight-week unbeaten run at home – they were last defeated at Cinder Lane on November 30 when Burnham grabbed a 2-4 win.

Fairford’s home form has been a key part of their successful season to date. Jody Bevan’s side currently sit second in the table having accumulated 43 points from 19 games.

Shrivenham’s form of late has been inconsistent – two wins, three draws and four defeats make up the club’s record in all competitions since mid-November.

But poor weather and a regular postponements have hurt Shrivvy’s ability to establish some consistency. So, a Tuesday night fixture for Davies poses no issue whatsoever.

He said: “What we’ve been lacking is game time. The weather being bad hasn’t helped, so it will be nice to get back into a routine again because consistency is key for me.

“We need to get cracking now and hopefully finish the season as well as we can. We beat Fairford 5-1 in August, but they knocked us out of the FA Vase.

“It’s always nice to go back to Fairford for myself, I spent a lot of time there as a player and a manager.”

Elsewhere in Hellenic League this evening, Royal Wootton Bassett will want to overcome their frustrating defeat to Brimscombe & Thrupp at the weekend when visiting seventh placed Bishops Cleeve.