It's great to have Sacha back up front, says Cadbury Heath boss Andy Black
SACHA Tong is set to make his long-awaited comeback for Cadbury Heath in the FA Vase first qualifying round at Shrewton tomorrow.
Sidelined by a broken leg for ten months, the free-scoring striker is back in training and pushing for a place in the squad.
"We've really missed Sacha and it's great to have him back fully fit and in contention," said Heath manager Andy Black.
"He is very quick and was our top scorer before he was injured, so having him back will make a big difference to us."
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Chris Ashley and Craig Parsons are still ruled out by injury, but Nick Dyer and Rob Scott are back in the frame and the Toolstation Premier League side will be looking to make amends after suffering a shock FA Cup exit at the hands of Almondsbury UWE last weekend.
Black said: "We put in a very poor performance last week and we know we have to be better than that. Shrewton are bottom of the league below us and we cannot afford to go out of another cup competition."
Having pulled off a giantkilling act against Heath, Almondsbury UWE may find the boot is on the other foot when they host Gloucestershire County League newcomers Bristol Academy.
Assistant manager Mel Davies said: "No one expected us to do anything last week and we had a really good 3-2 win. But we are expected to get through on this occasion and the pressure will be on us.
"Bristol Academy won promotion last season and have a lot of young lads who are very fit.
"It will be interesting to see how we go and no one is taking anything for granted."
Almondsbury will be bolstered by the return of Chris Church, John Mitchell and Chris Coles.
Longwell Green Sports travel to Corsham looking for their first win of the season and secretary John Gibbs is hoping the Vase can usher in a change of fortune.
He said: "It's been a tough start for us and the lads have to just keep their heads down, work hard and hope the luck turns."
New signing Jack Welling is included in the squad for the first time, while Chris Alway is set to return.
Brislington manager Jeff Meacham will be hoping history repeats itself when he takes his side to Ilfracombe for the second time in a week.
Top of the Toolstation League Premier Division after winning their first five games, the Bristol club beat Ilfracombe 2-1 last Saturday and must now return to the scene of their triumph in the Vase.
Bishop Sutton manager Lee Lashenko says his side has nothing to fear from a trip to Devon to face Crediton.
He said: "This is the strongest squad I have worked with and we are confident we can give anyone a game on our day.
"This is a competition we would like to have a run in, because there can be some great days out if you get through the regional rounds."
Roman Glass St George look to extend a four-match unbeaten record at Laverstock & Ford, while Keynsham Town host fellow Western League First Division side Sherborne.
Bitton boss John Lester is taking nothing for granted ahead of tomorrow's home clash with Toolstation League strugglers Wells City.
Bottom of the Premier League table after losing their first three fixtures, Wells will be rank outsiders against opponents who are looking to cut the gap on leaders Brislington to three points.
But Lester insists his players must guard against complacency and he warned: "We cannot afford to take anyone lightly in this league.
"In my experience, the moment you do that, is the moment you come unstuck."
Bristol Manor Farm will be strengthened by the return of Sam Rees and Lee Samuels for their home game against fellow Premier League strugglers Winterbourne United. But Scott Feltham is still not available and manager John Black said: "This is going to be another hard game for us."
Strengthened by a number of new signings, Winterbourne registered their first win of the season last Saturday and are showing signs that they can cut the mustard in their first season in the Premier Division.
Kevin Evans, a member of the management team, said: "The new signings gave us that impetus we were searching for and now we have to keep the momentum going."
Hengrove Athletic will be playing catch up when they host Cribbs Friends Life in the First Division. Jamie Hillman's team has only played twice in the league and the manager said: "We have been busy in cup competitions and have fallen behind a lot of other sides. But a win on Saturday will make the table look a lot better."