Bradninch Villa return to Kensham Park tomorrow afternoon as they look to get back to winning ways against Devon Yeoman’s reserves.
Last Five Games
Bradninch Villa: LLLWL
Devon Yeoman 2nds: LWWWL
The Villa have had a tough start to life in Divison 8 so far, picking up just three points in five games. However, in what is only their second fixture at home this season, Leigh Brooks’ men will look to make a statement of intent to the rest of the league by leaving the field with the bragging rights.
With no fixture scheduled last weekend, Brooks’ men have had plenty of time to prepare for the visit of Yeoman, who are sitting pretty just five points away from top spot in the league.
In preparation for the fixture, a number of Villa players took up extra session at the local PFP fitness centre to improve cre strength, control their rest/recovery times and ultimately form a better relationship with each other away from the football pitch.
It’s these finer details that Brooks hopes will help to improve results where it matters, on the pitch. His desire to get back to winning ways will be helped by the return of several key names, all of which will be fighting to get back on the starting team-sheet ahead of a tricky run of fixtures.
Following their absence from Villa’s last run out against Priory, Max Rawlings and Harry Coombe will return to the squad, giving Brooks plenty of choice when it comes to picking his midfield.
Brooks will be forced to field a new-look defence with George Gardiner, Jake Lewis and Will Birley all unavailable for selection, with the latter taking the decision earlier this week to move up and play for Bradninch Town for the remainder of the season.
Completing the absentee list is Dom Tree and Curtis Goff who both have personal commitments to attend over the weekend.
Words from The Boss
Ahead of what promises to be an exciting test for both sides, Brooks stated he was looking forward to going up against Yeoman after the two sides met during pre-season earlier this year.
“We look forward to hosting our second game at Kensham Park with Yeoman being another new side to join us in Division 8. Last time of course, Yeoman came out as 2-1 winner but I take nothing from previous results, especially friendly fixtures, so i can only anticipate another great game of football.”
Brooks once again looked to the positives following the news that a few of his players would miss out through injury this weekend:
“Whilst Jake being side-lined is a massive loss, it creates an opportunity for someone else to step in and pick up the armband. It was a no brainer for me to appoint Todd Scrace as captain whilst Jake rehabilitates and gets himself back playing. Thank you Todd, drive us to success!”
All are welcome to come and support the boys this weekend as they look to claim all three points. Entry to Kensham Park is free with kick off scheduled for 3pm.