Ren­dell keen to main­tain run of form

Western Daily Press (Saturday) - - Football -

PAULTON Rovers will be seek­ing to in­flict a sec­ond cup de­feat in five days upon Bris­tol Manor Farm when the two sides clash in the FA Tro­phy at The Creek to­day.

Farm’s spir­ited run in the FA Cup came to an end on Tues­day when they were beaten 4-0 by Slough in a third round re­play, watched by a crowd of 541.

On the same evening, Paulton were beat­ing Street 3-0 in the Som­er­set Premier Cup, with Ryan Gay scor­ing twice for the sec­ond game in suc­ces­sion, to ex­tend an un­beaten spell to three games.

Paulton man­ager John Ren­dell is hop­ing that sort of form can cause Farm prob­lems, even though the home side will start favourites as they have not lost in the league since the open­ing day’s set­back against Cirences­ter.

“Satur­day will be in­cred­i­bly tough against a strong Manor Farm team, but we are look­ing for­ward to it,” said Ren­dell, pic­tured. “I have seen a huge turn­around in form and con­fi­dence since we lost those two games at home re­cently (against AFC Totton and Black­field & Lan­g­ley) when we had seven play­ers out.

“We have got se­nior play­ers back since then and are look­ing a lot bet­ter at both ends of the pitch, while our per­for­mance lev­els have im­proved.”

Yate’s tie at home to Black­field & Lan­g­ley sees the sides sit­ting first and sec­ond in South­ern League Di­vi­sion One South take on one an­other.

“I went to watch Black­field last week­end (when Yate did not have a match) and they are a strong side just like our­selves, so it should be a crack­ing game,” said Yate man­ager Paul Brit­ton.

“We gave a good ac­count of our­selves in the FA Cup (tak­ing Sal­is­bury to a re­play be­fore be­ing knocked out) and now it would be nice to have a run in the Tro­phy, not least to pick up some prize money.”

Mean­while, Man­gots­field boss Ol­lie Price is look­ing for a new striker af­ter Kye Simp­son’s de­ci­sion to join Eve­sham.

“They of­fered him a deal which we couldn’t com­pete with, so it will be a big loss for us,” said Price. “I was look­ing to Kye to score 15-20 goals for us this sea­son and now I am go­ing to have to pluck a striker from some­where.”

Man­gots­field host Kidling­ton in the Tro­phy this af­ter­noon.

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