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HELLENIC LEAGUE: Learning curve for Shrivvy
SHRIVENHAM manager Dave Turner expects to learn a lot about his young side when promotion-chasing Reading visit Barrington Park this weekend.
Turner, whose team are looking to make up for their 3-2 defeat at Abingdon United on Tuesday night, is confident he will take more from a loss to the Hellenic Premier’s fourth-placed side than he would from a comfortable victory over a lesser outfit.
And he is therefore eagerly anticipating Reading’s arrival, saying: “The beauty of this league is that the games come around so quickly and you get the chance to make up for a defeat.
“If you can’t look forward to playing the likes of Reading and Ardley then something is wrong. I’d much rather we played them than played Letcombe and beat them six or 7-0.
“You learn a lot more about your players in these games, win or lose. I’m really looking forward to it and I’m genuinely excited to see how we do.”
Turner feels the club is moving in the right direction, vindicating his decision to jump into the hotseat over the summer.
“It was always going to be difficult this season and it’s about stopping the rot and building the club going forwards,” he said.
“I’m enjoying it and I think the players are too. When I took over they had only won three games all season and they’d gone through three managers, so something obviously wasn’t right.
“The sensible thing would have been to say ‘no thanks’ and walk away but I like a challenge and I’m really glad I took it.
“I can see the improvements all around the place and I’m happy with where we’re heading.”
The Shrivvy boss has no new injury worries ahead of the weekend, and he even hopes to bring in a new face in time for the game.
“I’m hoping to have another centre half or left-back in by the weekend, although I’m not saying who because if it doesn’t work out I’ll end up looking daft,” he said.
In Division One West, Fairford face Easington Sports looking to build on their crushing 8-0 demolition of Carterton last time out.
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