PREVIEW: Bradninch Villa vs. Exmouth Town III

Villa must take positives from Dawlish defeat as they look to return to winning ways this weekend.

Saturday 16th February
Kick Off: 3pm
Kensham Park, Bradninch

Form Focus

Bradninch Villa: W D W W L

Exmouth Town III: D L L D L

Nearly two months into the year, Bradninch Villa will look to play only their fifth game of 2019 following two weeks’ worth of weather that has forced their Saturday afternoons to be cancelled.

Leigh Brooks’ side have been itching to get back out onto the pitch in order to make amends for their 2-0 defeat to league leaders, Dawlish United, during their last run out.

That was marked as Villa’s first loss in nine games and Brooks urged his squad to take positives from a performance that showed confidence and composure, right from the first whistle.

Following some adverse weather conditions, Villa’s fixture list sees them go from playing the table toppers to second bottom of the league as they welcome Exmouth Town III to Kensham Park.

Things have been difficult for the South Devon side, who are yet to pick up a point on the road so far this season. Despite that, they have maintained their determination to see out games with everything they’ve got until the last kick of the ball.

In the reverse fixture earlier this season, Villa saw off this Exmouth side 10-2 but things weren’t as easy as the score line suggests. Brooks will need his side to be as equally fired up in order to take control of the game against a side that never know when they’re beaten.

Promotion is becoming a real consideration for Villa now and one bump in the road to Division 7 football can’t let heads drop in the dressing room, especially with so many fixtures still to play.

Saturday afternoon poses a real opportunity for Villa to get back to winning ways, but all the players are realistic enough to know they will need to be at their best for 90 minutes.

Team News

Following two weeks of no football it’s not a surprise that Brooks has a full squad of players ready and raring to go, with all areas of the pitch more than covered.

Goalkeeper Carl James returns to the team following a successful recovery period on a sprained wrist. James is looking to pick up his third clean sheet of the season this weekend.

After his absence from the Dawlish game, Steve Boyce will return to the side and look to improve on his impressive goal tally for the season as he slowly catches up top goal-scorer James Howe.

Carrying on with good news, club captain Jake Lewis is entering the latter stages of recovery after he recently re-joined the squad working on his fitness during full training on Thursday night.

Absentees: L. Upham, J. Lewis

Captains Comments – Todd Scrace

“All the boys are raring to get back to winning ways after the loss at Dawlish and having had two weeks without football. The game against Dawlish wasn’t easy going, a well-shaped opposition and horrible conditions didn’t allow us to play our normal way. There wasn’t a lot in it but at the end of the day they put the ball in the net two more times than we did.

Everyone is aware of what happened last time at Exmouth, but we must erase that from memory and focus on the task in hand.”

All are welcome to come and support the boys this this weekend as they look to return to form. Kick-off is from 3pm at Kensham Park.

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