Three games that will define DRG's season
DRG Frenchay manager Dave Johnson is targeting a minimum return of five points from the forthcoming three matches that form a "massive week" for his team.
After hosting Southmead CS Athletic tomorrow, Johnson's side – who have taken two points from their last four games – travel to leaders Tuffley Rovers next Wednesday, before an away game at Henbury.
And Johnson said: "We've got a massive week coming up and I've emphasised to the boys just how important it is. We've got a serious amount of football this week and we've got to be looking to get five points really – two draws and a win. I'd say five points from the next three games is the minimum requirement."
DRG have strengthened their ranks with the signing of defensive duo Mitch Greenslade and Rich Stevenson, while striker Joe Galsworthy may soon return to the club.
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After a blip, Southmead have returned to form in recent weeks and beat Yate Town Reserves 2-1 on Wednesday night.
Southmead player-boss Gary Booth is selecting from virtually a full-strength squad, which includes recent signing Dominic Olver.
Thornbury Town boss Bill Bond wants to focus on his team's impressive 4-2 win at Rockleaze Rangers last weekend, rather than their 5-0 midweek defeat at Tuffley, ahead of their trip to Kingswood tomorrow.
"The lads were buzzing after the Rockleaze game but they came down to earth on Tuesday," said Bond.
"But the legs were heavy and we've drawn a line under that now. We played very well last Saturday and we'll be looking for a repeat of that this weekend."
Bond is hoping that Peter Fowler can recover from a dead leg and that Steve Alexander will overcome the tight hamstring that forced him off in the early stages at Tuffley.
Rockleaze manager Carmelo Micciche is hoping for a positive response from his players after they suffered back-to-back defeats for the first time since August. Rockleaze had won five matches in a row but have lost against Bishops Cleeve Reserves and Thornbury in their last two games. They travel to Patchway – who are unbeaten in 2013 – tomorrow.
"We were probably overachieving to a degree, but while you're winning, you don't know where it's going to take you," said Micciche. "We've got to close ranks a bit and show we can cope with being at the top end of the table. To stay in that top six, we've got to start picking up points again."
Patchway, unbeaten in six matches since the turn of the year, have recently added John Pugsley to their ranks.
Hanham Athletic boss Steve Burton is hoping his team can start turning draws into wins after five draws in their last eight games. His team, held by bottom-of-the-table Berkeley Town last week, host Ellwood.
Chipping Sodbury manager Scott Gibson, meanwhile, is looking for a disciplined display at Longlevens tomorrow after his team drew with Kingswood last weekend.