RODBOURNE Real FC boss Jon Reeves hopes an appearance in the Chairman’s Trophy final can inspire his men to avoid relegation from Division One.

Reeves’ men defeated Rudis 4-2 away from home on Sunday as a Nick Longdon brace guided Rodbourne to a confidence-boosting cup semi-final win.

Despite a wobble after being pegged back to 3-2, Rodbourne played out the concluding minutes with good composure.

A delighted Reeves said: “We scored some good goals, which was pleasing. We haven’t been doing that this year.

“There was a moment when we wobbled at 3-2 but our final goal settled nerves and we saw the game out well in the end.

“You could see their (Rudis) heads drop and I’m delighted to reach a cup final.”

Nathan Cooper and Richard Wells also cashed in on the goal scoring action as Reeves expressed particular praise in the direction of chairman Don Macleod.

He added: “I’m delighted for Don, who founded the club 12 years ago.

“As the years have gone by, some people have fallen by the wayside, but Don has been there.

“We’ve been struggling a bit in the league this year after earning promotion last year.

“Player availability has been an issue but now we’re in a cup final, the lads have a reason to show up and stake their claim for a spot in starting 11 for that final.”

Real return to league action this weekend with a trip to Cleeve Tech FC, who currently sit mid-table.

And Reeves admitted he wasn’t sure what to expect from Sunday’s opponents, but confirmed it will be a tough encounter.

He said: “We haven’t played Cleeve this season.

“But we have something to play for in the league and the players know that.

“We now have a cup final to look forward to. And if the players show up in the league they’ll appear in that final.”

There was no league action last weekend, although three games take place this weekend, including Real’s trip to Cleeve Tech.

Other games include second placed FC Walcot travelling to Jovial Monk while Swiss Chalet host AFC Freshbrook.

A win for Walcot will see them move within three points of table topping Greyhound, who remain unbeaten this season.

Meanwhile in Division Two, Royal Wootton Bassett Sunday kept up the pressure on league leaders Eldene with a thumping 12-2 win against struggling Nationwide.

There was also a rare win for Stratton Saints, who beat Purton Red House 3-1 away from home.