Payne hoping to round off a good week with victory over leaders
NAILSEA Town boss Dave Payne has received a triple boost ahead of tomorrow's clash with leaders Street Reserves.
Payne has managed to bolster his squad with the signing of former Highridge midfielder Jack Riddiford and has also persuaded striker Carl Chisolm to stay at the club following a seven-day approach from Long Ashton.
Last season's top-scorer Mike Purnell also returns to the squad and Payne said: "It's been a good week on the squad front. We've managed to add a good player in Jack and we've also been able to keep another key member of the team in Carl Chisolm.
"Mike also returns to the squad, which is good because we'll need to be somewhere close to our best to get a result against a very good Street side."
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Cutters Friday boss Neil Soper is to give his players an opportunity to redeem themselves after suffering a shock defeat in the Somerset Premier Cup last weekend.
Soper watched his side turned over on their own patch by Division Two side Middlezoy Rovers to dash their hopes of making progress in a competition in which they reached the final last season.
Cutters return to action with a trip to Watchet Town tomorrow and Soper said: "It was an abysmal performance. I think we felt we'd won the game before we'd even started and that bit of complacency contributed to our downfall.
"The lads have started the season very well, so I'm of a mind to give them all another chance. I want to see a reaction and if I don't then there would be a case for me to consider making significant changes."
Stockwood Green boss Paul Beacham says his squad is finally starting to take shape almost a month into the season.
Stockwood have suffered from a host of absences due to holidays and injuries, but players are slowly returning to action.
"We've done pretty well so far considering the circumstances," said Beacham.
"We've had a bit of a nightmare with players away on holiday and others injured.
"We're slowly starting to get players returning now and, from around the middle of September, I would imagine we'll have a settled group."
Stockwood host Ilminster Town, hoping to build on an impressive 9-2 victory over Worle in the Premier Cup last weekend.
Defending champions Nailsea United are aiming to extend their run of unbeaten league games to four when they go to winless St George EIG.
Mark Savage's side lost their first two league games of the season – but have since climbed up to sixth place following wins over Stockwood Green and Watchet Town, as well as taking a point at Cutters Friday.
Savage, however, is minus the services of Scott Kendall and Mike Rowcliffe for tomorrow's clash with St George.
Ashton & Backwell go to Minehead United, while Clevedon United host Imperial FC in the Somerset Premier Cup.