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HELLENIC LEAGUE: Shrivvy boss McNally issues rallying call
7:03pm Thursday 11th October 2012 in Sport
MICHAEL McNally says he needs his players to start giving him everything as Shrivenham continue their battle to haul themselves away from the lower end of the Hellenic Premier.
The Rec outfit have been on the end of several heavy defeats in the past month and ahead of tomorrow’s league fixture at Reading, McNally has warned his squad that he will only be content with maximum effort.
“We’ve got to start grinding out results. To be fair we haven’t done ourselves justice as a team in the last few times we’ve played,” he said. “It’s about getting back to hard work now.
“I try and get into the players that you can have all the ability in the world, but if you don’t put in hard work then it doesn’t count for anything.
“You’ve got to do that in any walk of life if you want to get something out of it and I’ve been disappointed with our performances in the last weeks.
“No manager likes getting beat but if you give 120 per cent and come off the pitch having been beaten by the better side, then you can’t do any more.
“If we’re coming off the pitch having not played anywhere near our potential, then we’ve got problems.”
Meanwhile, Purton boss Chris Pethick admits he is in the midst of a ‘juggling operation’ trying to get competitive squads together.
The Red House outfit have been troubled by injuries and unavailability since the start of the season, and will be patched-up again for tomorrow’s Division One West clash with Hook Norton.
Goalkeeper Paul Thompson not available this weekend but Pethick is hopeful Lee WIlson, himself a replacement for regular number one Johnny Cowley, will return from back and groin woes.
“Hook Norton are up in the top four or five and they seem to be quite strong, so it’s not a good time for us to play them,” said Pethick.
“We’ll be in similar shape to what we were on Tuesday, none of the missing players will be back apart from maybe Lee. It is a juggling operation at the moment.”
Elsewhere in the division, Lambourn will be hoping for their first league victory in over a month when they welcome Old Woodstock.