NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL: Hunt for win is not getting Shrivvy boss Collier down

Sam Collier

Sam Collier

First published in Sport Swindon Advertiser: Photograph of the Author by , Deputy sports editor

SHRIVENHAM manager Sam Collier is refusing to get downbeat as his search for that elusive win continues.

The Barrington Park player-manager takes his side to Kidlington tonight in Hellenic League Premier Division desperate for victory.

Since taking charge last month, Collier and his side have run teams in the higher echelons of the division close, but they haven’t managed to find a way to get over the line.

On Saturday, Collier picked up his first red card of his senior career before his team lost to two late goals at Ascot United.

“It was pretty heart-breaking to have been pretty comfortable for 88 minutes only to lose 2-0,” Collier said.

“It knocked us pretty hard, but we are a positive group of lads and we keep on going.

“It is good that we get another game so quickly so that we can try and get over that loss.

“We are playing well, but now getting the luck we deserve - we are not a million miles away in terms of performance from the top five.

“We are looking good at the back, we just need to be more ruthless up front because we are creating the chances.”

However, Collier, who is available tonight despite Saturday’s sending off, will be without French striker Patrick Niame for the Kidlington but Josh Fowler is set to return to the starting XI.

Shrivenham’s Oxfordshire hosts come into this game on the back of a 3-2 defeat at Wantage Town.

Gareth Davies will be hoping for better fortunes for his Malmesbury Victoria side when they entertain local rivals Purton in Division One West.

The Vics boss saw his side fall to a 1-0 defeat at Lydney Town over the weekend and he was left to rue another penalty snub.

But Vics know they cannot lick their wounds for too long as they sit at the wrong end of the table desperate to put some distance between themselves and the bottom two.

Purton meanwhile, did not play over the weekend - their last outing was a 4-0 Wiltshire Senior Cup defeat to Melksham Town.

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