Johnson backs new faces to head challenge
DAVE Johnson is adamant the addition of three new faces to his DRG Frenchay side can hoist them to fresh heights.
Johnson was delighted by the way pacy wide-man Raphael Waugh, and fellow debutant Danny Handisides, helped inspire a 2-1 victory at Patchway last Saturday.
With utility player Skye Allen back at the club and targeting a return to the team in tomorrow's away encounter with Bristol Academy, Johnson is optimistic his squad is becoming one to be reckoned with.
"Both our new lads were excellent," said Johnson. "Raphael played for Lebeq United, but Danny is from Sheffield and just turned up to training out of the blue. He looked good then and he was outstanding at left-back against Patchway."
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Bristol Academy seek their first home win of the season and hope the return of experienced player-coach Alex Ball and young midfielder Reece Purnell to the fold can bolster their chances.
Chipping Sodbury Town manager Scott Gibson insists his rebuilding programme can reap handsome dividends as they bid to escape the clutches of the basement at home to Thornbury Town.
Justin Cattle and Craig Davidge both have experience at much higher levels of local football. Marc Hughes is another recent addition, although Tytherington Rocks' former skipper is suspended tomorrow.
With forward Danny Coombes aboard again after a spell with Brislington, Gibson is looking up.
"It's great we're attracting such quality players and it's just about getting them to gel now," said Gibson, who also welcomes back midfielder Mark Totterdell from injury.
Steve Burton says he is closing in on the capture of a new striker as he aims to keep his in-form Hanham Athletic team in the top five with an away victory over a depleted Henbury. The home side are without left-back Kris Sage and captain Eddie Howell through injury, while defender Sam Baber returns to the Hanham ranks.
The return of central midfield duo Mark Palmer and Matt Tovey has given mid-table Patchway Town a "big boost" ahead of their home tussle with Taverners, according to assistant boss Dean Horseman,
Yate Town Reserves manager Dale Dempsey is encouraged by his young side's performances, even though they chase only a second win of the campaign at home to Frampton United.
Second-placed Southmead CS Athletic have an opportunity to go top. They entertain Bishop's Cleeve Reserves at the same time as leaders Tuffley and third-placed Kingswood face up.