SHRIVENHAM boss Gareth Davies is expecting a reaction from his side to their previous 5-0 mauling by Woodstock Town - even though he has had to wait two weeks for it.

The piecemeal nature of the Hellenic League Division One West fixture list means Shrivvy have not taken to the field in anger since their Oxfordshire thrashing on November 25 - to the evident frustration of their manager.

Top four side North Leigh United visit Barrington Park - where the home side are unbeaten in four league matches this season - tomorrow and Davies hopes his men will be in the frame of mind to improve on their previous dismal showing.

“We got what we deserved last time, really,’’ said Davies. “Often if you have got two players not at the races, you can just about cope with it, but when eight or nine are off, it’s a problem.

“I’m expecting a reaction. You always like to win at home whenever possible. But North Leigh are in amongst it and it will be a tough game for us.

“When you get walloped, you want to get cracking in the next game but that hasn’t been possible. Weather permitting, we’ve got a good run of games coming up now, though.”

Davies will give Luke Cordery’s hamstring a late fitness test, while Josh Fowler should be back and Rob Lincoln could also return after a hamstring problem.

Elsewhere in the division, New College will attempt to arrest a run of six straight defeats at home this season when they host mid-table side Letcombe at Supermarine.

In the Premier Division, Highworth Town will fancy their chances of making it 12 wins from 13 away games when they take their unbeaten road record to bottom side Highmoor-Ibis.

Fairford Town saw their recent good run ended at Lydney Town in midweek and face a tussle at fellow bottom-five outfit Ascot United.

Royal Wootton Bassett, meanwhile, will attempt to bring some order to their wildly fluctuating fortunes - which have seen them win 7-3 and lose 6-1 in their last two matches - when they host struggling Woodley United.