Get involved! Send photos, video, news & views. Text SWINDON NEWS to 80360 or email us
HELLENIC LEAGUE: Cup defeat will leave Fisher feeling Blue
HIGHWORTH better not get knocked out of the Bluefin Challenge Cup this weekend, else manager John Fisher might just blow his top.
The prospect of dropping into the Supplementary Cup, or as Fisher prefers to call it “the Mickey Mouse cup”, is not one the Worthians boss is overly keen on and he’s asked his players to avoid such a fate by seeing off Oxford City Nomads in their first-round tie tomorrow.
It won’t be easy. Nomads beat Highworth 2-0 in the league just three days ago and, according to Fisher, are the best side his team have faced so far this term.
Regardless, The Elms outfit will have their manager’s words ringing in their ears as they kick-off on Saturday.
“To be honest, if you’d offered me a win in the league or in the cup this week, I’d have chosen the cup,” he said. “If you lose at this stage then you drop into the Supplementary Cup which is Mickey Mouse cup and I bloody hate it.
“One of the two teams, of our ability, will be in that cup and that’s not right. Perhaps it should be different but that’s how it is and the only way we can avoid it is by winning at the weekend.
“One of us is going to end up missing out and we’re going to have to be at our best to get the win.
“I’m looking forward to it. It’s a chance to get a bit of revenge for Tuesday night. I know I’ve been away so haven’t seen all the games but they are as good a side as we have played this season.
“They’ve scored a couple of world goals and when that happens there isn’t much you can do about it. I thought we gave a good account of ourselves and it was disappointing to lose, but we’ve got a chance straight away to get something back.”
Striker Aaron Maximen is unavailable for Highworth, but Richie Saunders returns to the middle of midfield after missing the game in midweek.
Meanwhile, Fisher had his say on Shrivenham’s inability to field a side in their Hellenic League Premier Division clash with Binfield on Monday.
“It’s pretty sad,” he said. “We’ve all had it happen to us before, when we’ve been ringing round late on the day before looking for players, but really you should be able to raise a side - especially when you’ve got two teams.
“It shouldn’t be happening but a lot of players now don’t want to travel away. Perhaps those in the second team down there knew that if they went to Binfield they’d be back in the reserves for the weekend.
“They’re a different breed now.”
Elsehere in the cup, Fairford, Purton and Malmesbury face trips to Wantage, Headington and Ardley respectively.
New College are in Division One West action as they travel to Letcombe.
Comments are closed on this article.