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Shrivvy boss Dave Turner recharges his batteries by the coast
DAVE Turner has sought refuge from the busy life of a non-league manager this week by sunning himself on the north east coast.
Shrivenham have been without a game for seven days between last Saturday’s clash with Reading Town in the Hellenic Premier Division and tomorrow’s trip to Holyport, the longest fixtureless period for Turner’s men all term.
Having told his players to make the most of the opportunity, Turner has led by example and scooted up to the seafront town of Seaham, located halfway between Hartlepool and Sunderland, for a mini break during which time football has been low on the agenda.
“I took a phone call from Dave Webb telling me that he was using Harry Etheridge in midweek but that was a courtesy call, and other than that I haven’t spoken about football all week,” he told the Advertiser.
“It’s the first break we’ve had since the start of the season and we’ve said to the players ‘relax, recharge your batteries and be ready to go again on Saturday.’ “My wife told me to come away, you can quote me on that because she’s stood right beside me. We’ve had a few days of rain but it’s T-shirt weather now.”
Remarkably, Shrivvy have already faced Holyport on two occasions in 2013/14, with the matches producing strikingly different outcomes.
In August, Holyport thumped their hosts 3-0 at Barrington Park before getting their own back in the Berks and Bucks Senior Cup at the beginning of this month, as Josh Fowler scored twice.
“We’ve played them twice and we’ve beaten them 3-0 and they’ve beaten us 3-0, so really the level is somewhere in between,” said Turner, who has a fully-fit squad at his disposal.
“We’re both down the wrong end of the table at the moment so we know getting a result is important. It could be a nervous afternoon.
“We’ve been there before and most of my players have been there before and it’s a different sort of pressure.
“After the games we’ve played this season we can see that it’s an open league. We’ve been taking points off teams at the top and losing to teams at the bottom.
“By the time we’ve played the next nine or 10 games I’m sure we’ll be in a better position.”
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