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HELLENIC LEAGUE: Shrivenham boss set to rotate his side
DAVE Turner has vowed to continue his tinkerman approach in the Floodlit Cup as he looks to encourage the fringe members of his Shrivenham squad.
Shrivvy welcome Oxford City Nomads to Barrington Park tonight for a first-round tie against a side that has started the Hellenic Premier season in positive fashion.
Despite their 3-2 loss at Binfield on Saturday, Oxford are pushing for top spot in the table and they beat Shrivvy 4-2 in mid-August.
Although he acknowledges the strength of tonight’s opposition, Turner is adamant that he will make wholesale changes to the team that beat Malmesbury 4-2 in the FA Vase on Saturday.
“I’ll be putting out an experimental side as I always do in the Floodlit Cup,” said Turner. Oxford are a great little side but if the players that I bring in shine, then that gives me a headache.
“I will probably make seven, eight or nine changes and give some lads a chance who have not played much football. The result isn’t important to me, of course I would like to win, but it’s more about player development.”
Turner has been chasing a keeper and a wide player of late but admits that his recruitment drive is likely to be coming to an end.
“I’m not looking for many more as I’m happy with what I’ve got,” he said.
“Never say never, if someone comes along who is better than what we’ve got, of course I would take him.
“But I’ve got a great little squad here with a great attitude.”
Also in action tonight in the Floodlit Cup are Wootton Bassett, who take on lower-league Tytherington at the Corinium.
Skipper Steve Yeardley says his team have a good chance of progressing through the rounds in the competition if they decide to prioritise.
“At a team like Bassett we’ve got to be realistic, we’re not going to challenge to win the league, but these are the sort of competitions we can do well in,” said Yeardley.
“If we concentrate on the Wilts Cup, the Floodlit or the Challenge we’re a match for most teams. We have to make the most of these kind of matches.
“I think we’ll go in favourites but they are strong team. They have got a lad up top who is decent and a lot of them are ex-Southern League players. The best thing about them is that they are a footballing team and that should suit us.”
Highworth had goalkeeper Kieran Shail controversially sent off before going on to win 1-0 at home against Thame last night in the Hellenic Premier.
Shail was adjudged to have handled outside the box, a decision which upset stand-in manager Kev Moloney.
Outfield player Rory Sproule went in goal for Highworth following Shail’s dismissal and produced a man-of-the-match performance to keep Thame at bay.
Highworth took the lead on the hour courtesy of an own goal with further fine saves from Sproule securing the points for the 10 men.
“I’m delighted,” said Moloney. “It was an outstanding performance by the lads.”
Malmesbury Vics romped to a 4-0 victory over New College in the first round of the Floodlit Cup.
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