Thornbury manager Bill Bond wants the same again against leaders Tuffley
THORNBURY Town secured an impressive victory over high-flying Ellwood last weekend – and boss Bill Bond wants a repeat performance against leaders Tuffley Rovers.
Tuffley are two points clear at the top of the table, with two games in hand, but Bond said his team – boosted by the return of Ricky Lippiatt, Alex Lippiatt and Nathan Sage – have nothing to fear.
"We're on a high after last week and we'll go to Tuffley without any fear," said Bond. "If we don't come back with anything, no one is going to have a sleepless night, because they are the top team and we are not expected to get anything from it.
"We're looking forward to it. Towards the end of last season, they were flying and we went up there and beat them 2-1. That shocked them – and a repeat of last season would be very nice. Our lads are buzzing."
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Rockleaze Rangers are only one point shy of equalling the tally they amassed during all of last season – even though they will not reach the halfway point of their league campaign until February 23.
Carmelo Micciche's men have crept into outside contention for the title, having taken 34 points from their 16 games, and they host Bishop's Cleeve Reserves tomorrow.
"We have had big gaps between our games, due to the weather, but we have been winning them, which has allowed us to stay right up there," said Micciche, whose team are fourth.
Southmead CS Athletic are due to play their first game since January 12 when they host Hanham Athletic tomorrow. And, aside from Chris Williams, player-boss Gary Booth has a full squad from which to select.
That means Booth is likely to drop himself to the bench, while recent signing Adam Bell is set to start.
"It will be good to get back out there – and we've got Yate Reserves on Tuesday, so we need to take six points to stop Tuffley from running away with the league," said Booth.
Hanham boss Steve Burton, meanwhile, has promised changes after his team went down 2-1 at home to Frampton United last weekend. "There will be changes – I have given people enough chances, but they keep making mistakes," said Burton. "I have to swap things around a bit."
Burton is boosted by the return of Adam Grinter, Craig Stone and Jack Baber, all of whom could go straight back into the starting line-up.
DRG Frenchay boss Dave Johnson is fired up for his side's game against Patchway Town. DRG have called up defender Craig Young from their reserves for the match.
Johnson said: "It's not a grudge match, but this is always the first game I look for on the calendar."
Club captain Mark Palmer and Mark Stoneham return for Patchway.
Chipping Sodbury are without Craig Davidge for their trip to Frampton, but Luke Maby and Sam Jenkinson are available again.