Scott Gibson wants to see more fire from his Chipping Sodbury side
SCOTT GIBSON is urging his Chipping Sodbury Town team to demonstrate they have the appetite for the fight as they bid to prove their worth as a genuine County League force.
A series of poor results – Saturday's 2-0 defeat by Longlevens the latest – has kept Sodbury entrenched in the lower half of the table. And with title-chasing Kings Stanley up next at home tomorrow, the Sodbury supremo wants to see a response.
"It's frustrating because I know our lads have the quality to turn things around – I just feel they need a bit more fire in their bellies," said Gibson, who is without suspended defender Luke Maby for the next three games.
Yate Town Reserves boss Dale Dempsey is backing his young guns to maintain their impressive resurgence. Fourteenth-placed Yate face an important few days, with bottom side Berkeley away tomorrow and Taverners at home next Thursday to confront, both of whom sit beneath them in the table.
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"Young lads like Joe Guest (16) have clearly gained in strength and experience and it's pleasing that we haven't had to call upon a single first-teamer this season," said Dempsey.
Bristol Academy chief Simon Panes says he is pleased at the way things are shaping up for his own fledgling team. Fresh from claiming a place in the GFA Challenge Trophy final courtesy of a 2-1 victory over Hellenic League top-flight outfit Cheltenham Saracens, they followed it up three days later with a 4-2 away win over Bishop's Cleeve in the league. It means the Filton College-based team head into tomorrow's home fixture with local rivals Patchway Town high in confidence.
Second-placed Southmead CS Athletic, who have won their last three games, entertain lowly Taverners with midfielder Bobby Massey back from injury, while boss Gary Booth is trying to land Shaftesbury Crusade left-back Danny Low in time for the match.
Boss Carmelo Micciche is keeping fingers firmly crossed his prized new recruit can overcome a knee injury that threatens his place in Rockleaze Rangers' line-up against visiting Kingswood. Former Highridge United and Henbury hot-shot Shane Hobbs has played two games for Rangers since his arrival and opened his scoring account for them on Saturday with a curling strike to help register a 2-0 win at Patchway.
DRG Frenchay boss Dave Johnson has re-signed striker Joe Galsworthy, who quit the club last summer for a spell with Toolstation League Winterbourne United, and former Bitton and Cadbury Heath winger William De Wet, ahead of tomorrow's crucial away match with Henbury.
Galsworthy scored the equalising penalty on his debut as DRG recorded a fighting 2-2 away draw at pacesetting Tuffley on Wednesday night, which Johnson hailed "a fantastic achievement".
Thornbury Town have signed Yate Reserves' 19-year-old goalkeeper Damian Freeman in time for tomorrow's home match with Longlevens.