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HELLENIC LEAGUE: Tough run continues for New College
ANOTHER tough fixture awaits New College this weekend when the students face Division One West high-flyers Tytherington in South Gloucestershire.
College have played Clanfield and Lydney in recent times and tomorrow’s visit to the Rocks will be the third top-four side they have faced in a fortnight.
The difficult run of fixtures shows no sign of abating but College boss Rob Hopkins is convinced that his players should welcome the challenges being thrown their way.
He said: “We’ve got Tytherington this weekend and then we’re in the FA Vase against Staines who are top of their league, and after that we’ve got (Division One West leaders) Shortwood reserves.
“They are three good teams and it will be a nice challenge for us so that we can see where the lads are in terms of their development.
“It will be a great little gauge to see how far we’ve come, which is especially important in a learning environment like we’ve got.
“We’ll be saying to the players that this is why we play football, to challenge ourselves.”
College are a quarter of the way through the Hellenic League season and Hopkins believes that despite the tricky games that have been thrown their way of late, his team are well on track.
“We’ve got eight points from seven games and if you compare that to last season, we didn’t get eight points until March,” he said.
“We’re in a lot better state than we were last year and it’s going to give us an a lot better base for the rest of this season.
“It’s a start. We’re seven games in and there’s 21 to go, so if we replicate that form we’ll end up with about 30 points and in midtable.”
Grant White is unavailable for the trip to Tytherington this weekend but College have no new injury worries for the trip west.
Hopkins’ fledglings will be looking to bounce from their 4-0 Floodlit Cup first-round exit on Tuesday at the hands of local rivals Malmesbury.
“Tuesday was a massively bad day at the office,” said Hopkins.
“I don’t know whether the lads were tired because they had been at college all day, but it was one of those days where everything went wrong.
“We’ll be looking to give Tytherington a better game than we gave Malmesbury.”
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