Rendell keen to maintain run of form
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.