Villa keen to make it three on the bounce as they welcome Millwey Rise II to Kensham Park
Saturday 17th November 2018
Kick Off: 2.15pm
Kensham Park, Bradninch
Bradninch Villa: L L L W W
Millwey Rise II: W L L L D
Despite a slow start to the season, Villa are starting to find their ‘Va Va Voom’ following two impressive displays against Exmouth Town III and Central II.
Back-to-back victories have lifted Villa four places in the table, but most importantly has left them playing the confident, free-flowing football that Brooks has been pushing for all season.
The rise in good form has helped everyone to raise their game by 10% and a healthy competition for places has left the squad pushing to prove themselves in training.
Every game is an emotional rollercoaster in Division 8 and this group of players know that to get a result requires focus from the first whistle, supporting one another to end the day on a high.
Victory against Millwey Rise II, who will be determined to end a run of poor form, will certainly help Villa’s push for a top half finish this season as they prepare for a busy schedule over the festive period.
Brooks will be forced to name changes for the first time in three weeks with some regulars missing out this weekend due to personal commitments.
Villa will have shoes to fill in front of goal as they’ll be without top goal-scorer James Howe, who has netted eight times in the last two fixtures. Harry Coombe also joins the absentee list meaning Brooks will have some shifting around to do in the middle of the park.
Four new faces will be brought into the squad in the shape of Lawrence Clark, Liam Reed, Josh Wright and Josh Sims. Striker Tom Rhodes is also in contention after shaking off an injury that forced him to miss the run out against Central II.
Other than that, it’s a familiar squad with plenty of options for Brooks to use depending on how the 90 minutes play out on what could be an important day in their season.
Words from The Boss
Whilst Brooks is excited to be back on the touchline after missing last weekend’s game through personal commitments, he is wary that Villa must start on the front foot and avoid the ever so common mistake of conceding early. With a revitalised squad at his disposal, it’s important this message is passed on the moment his players arrive at Kensham Park.
“With a large part of our spine unavailable this week, we turn to the fantastic player depth at the club in bringing in Lawrence Clark, who returns from injury after a few weeks away from first team football.
We also call upon Josh Wright and Josh Sims who have been made available for selection this weekend by Bradninch Town manager, Stuart Murray. I’d also like to welcome Liam Reed back and I just know he’ll be itching to pull on the Bradninch shirt this weekend.
I consider us a slightly changed side but with an unchanged ethos. We’ll continue to play the ball well on the floor and make quick movements, attacking and defending as a single unit.
Just a quick update on the injuries to Jake Lewis and Carl James. Jake is looking to see a physio for his ankle around Christmas time so at this point he’s no longer in my immediate plans this season. Carl’s injury to his hand will have a long rehabilitation process, so once again no date is set for his return. We wish them both a speedy recovery and hope they come back before the season ends.”
All are welcome to come and support the boys this weekend as they aim to continue their winning ways. Kick off is at Kensham Park from 2.15pm.