Collier primed for bench duty

Luke Murphy is poised for his Shrivenham debut

Luke Murphy is poised for his Shrivenham debut

First published in Sport by , Sports reporter

PLAYER-MANAGER Sam Collier is ready to slip back in to a Shrivenham shirt this weekend but the Barrington Park boss will resist the temptation to stick himself straight back into his side’s front line.

Collier has been sidelined since the tail end of last season with a knee injury but the Shrivvy chief returns to his own squad for Saturday’s FA Vase first qualifying round clash with Combined Counties League outfit Windsor.

Despite Matty Bennett missing this weekend’s Vase clash with a knee problem, Collier still has plenty of attacking options at his disposal, with former Swindon Supermarine striker Enoch Boateng and ex-Swindon Town Football in the Community futsal player Luke Murphy in line to make their Shrivenham debuts.

“On a personal note, it’s important for me to get fit and back playing as quickly as possible and if it’ll benefit the team, then I’ll play,” said Collier.

“I’ll be in the squad this weekend but I’ll start on the bench. It might not be for long if I have to watch the kind of performance that I did last weekend (Shrivvy were beaten 6-1 by Shortwood United in the FA Cup).

“We’ve got Josh (Morse) and Steve Robertson has been scoring goals. Sam Packer can play there and we’ve signed Enoch Boateng, who’s used to play for Supermarine and is the cousin of George Boateng, now that he’s moved back to the area from London.

“Luke Murphy’s a young lad who’s played for Swindon Town futsal and he’s got a lot of pace, so he’s another good option.

“We’ll take the FA Vase seriously, as we do with all our games. I’ve spoken to a few mates at Abingdon United who have played against them recently and they told me a little bit about what to expect but not too much.”

Wootton Bassett Town are also up against Combined Counties League opposition in the Vase as they make the trip to Cove whilst New College host Sydenhams League Fleet Spurs.

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