MANAGER Paul Froude will be looking for a reaction from his Buckland Athletic players when they travel to Wellington in the Western League tomorrow (3pm).
The Bucks slipped out of the Les Phillips Cup in midweek with a 4-2 defeat against Saltash United – the first game they’d played since the FA Vase exit at Newport Pagnell on February 12.
Having last won a Western League game way back on New Year’s Day, Froude is looking to ensure the season doesn’t fizzle out at Homers Heath.
‘Historically we’ve always done well against Wellington,’ said Froude. ‘We’re going to be missing a couple, but I’m expecting a reaction.
‘I want to win the game, don’t get me wrong, but I’m more looking for a reaction. If the players didn’t know that before they certainly do now.’
Froude will be without the services of midfielder Cieran Bridger, who is away.
Elsewhere, Newton Abbot Spurs manager Marc Revell has dipped into the club’s reserves for tomorrow’s trip to Sidmouth Town in the Peninsula Premier East (3pm).
The Spurs have been hit hard by injuries and absentees, meaning there are opportunities for attacker Callum Noyce, full-back Tom Johns and centre-half Joe Wise to work their way into Revell’s plans.
‘We will take those three up with us and I’m not afraid to use them,’ said Revell. ‘It’s a real success story that we’re able to call upon great players from the reserves, so I’m making the most of it.’
Among the missing personnel are the likes of Toby Pullman, Brad Crocombe and Alfie Tucker. Si Revell, Jacob Scotte-Hatherly and Harry Ford remain on the treatment table.
Following the mass migration of the Ottery St Mary squad to Sidmouth earlier this season, Revell is out for revenge for the two defeats against the Otters.
‘It gives us the chance to avenge those losses earlier in the season,’ Revell revealed. ‘We didn’t deserve to lose either of them in my opinion.
‘[Sidmouth manager] Billy Rouse is doing things similarly to what we do. He has a young, loyal squad.
‘But they’ve also become a bit of an early nemesis of ours, so I want to beat them so we get a little bit of justice. The lads and I will be taking it seriously.’
Bovey Tracey are without a game this Saturday as they prepare to welcome Brixham to Mill Marsh Park on Tuesday night (7.30pm).
Teignmouth are in McDonald’s League Cup quarter-final action tomorrow when they travel away to Alphington (2pm).
The Teigns currently top the South & West division of the Devon Football League, and manager Liam Jones has his eye on silverware.
‘You never know how the players are going to react after a week or two off,’ Jones admitted. ‘It might take 45 minutes to get back into the swing of things.
‘But at the start of the season we set the target of reaching the latter stages of the cup, so we’ll be going there to win the football match.’
There are just two games involving Teignbridge teams in the Devon Football League tomorrow.
Liverton United travel to Exmouth Town Reserves in the North & East division, while in the South & West Buckland Athletic Reserves entertain Bere Alston United (both 3pm).
For a full list of fixtures in the South Devon Football League, visit https://bit.ly/3JOum2T.
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