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HELLENIC LEAGUE: Turner says it's 'early days' for Shrivenham
DAVE Turner is adamant that no one can make a reasoned judgment on Shrivenham just one game into the Hellenic Premier season.
The Barrington Park boss watched his side lose 3-0 to Holyport in Saturday’s league opener and was amazed by comments he heard from supporters on the sidelines.
“You can’t turn round after six training sessions and one game and make a judgment based on that,” he said.
“I’d like to know what spaceship they travelled down in, some of the things you hear are incredible and this is from fans of both sides.
“I’m not prepared to say what was actually said but there was one or two things that made me chuckle.
“Off the back of one game, people have made a judgment of what we’re about. If I listened to what those people said, I probably would have quit 10 years ago.
“What’s important is that the committee have been very supportive, they understand it’s a long, slow process.
“I wasn’t disappointed by the result against Holyport. I was despondent in the manner we conceded the goals.
“We probably created more clear-cut chances than them, but when you step up a level and make a stupid mistake you get punished.
“On the balance of play we were more than a match for them, but it’s early days and the players know that it’s one game out of 40-odd. Nothing has been decided.”
Shrivvy are back in action tonight when they travel to Oxford City Nomads, who also suffered an opening day defeat at the hands of Cheltenham Saracens.
“They will be smarting a bit. These games are the ones you can enjoy because no one’s expecting us to go there and get anything,” said Turner, who has no new injury worries.
“Some games you want to be competitive and in others you want to give a good account of yourselves.
“There’s no pressure on my players whatsoever. If we come away with a good performance then it’s part of the building blocks.”
Meanwhile, Turner has secured the services of central midfielder Nathan Blackford, a central midfielder who has been on trial at Supermarine.
“Nathan’s definitely one for the future and will definitely play a lot of football under me,” said Turner.
“He’s got a terrific attitude and I’d rather wait a month to get someone like him rather than sign three players straight away who won’t make any difference.”
Elsewhere this evening, New College are in action at home to Hellenic League Division One West new boys Tuffley.
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