The Don look to ‘Purt-on’ a show, Devs welcome Rovers, A’s host in basement battle

Jan 12, 2024 | Featured, Weekend Preview

Following last weekend’s postponement, due to a waterlogged Tucker Park pitch, The Don travel to Purton FC’s Red House Ground for a crucial Corsham Print Wiltshire Senior League Division One fixture, kick off 14:15.

The two sides have met twice this season and on both occasions, at Tucker Park, The Don has come out on top, with a 3-2 league victory at the end of August and a 7-2 demolition in league cup action in November when a Kyle Bowyer four-timer took The Don to the quarter-finals of the competition. On both occasions, Purton were always a threat to the Town rearguard, with the experienced player-manager winger Matty Bennett the danger. Bennett has been a Uhlsport Hellenic Premier League goal threat for a number of seasons, before taking up management this term and has led the line with fifteen league & cup goals from twelve outings.

Purton will come into the tie off the back of a hardworking 2-1 away victory over Shrivenham Devs, with Bennett and another Hellenic stalwart Gio Wrona grabbing the goals. So, the home squad have minutes under their belts and will want to make inroads into the current lead The Don has over them at the top of the table. Purton are currently in fourth position on twenty-four points, twelve adrift of The Don but with two games in hand. From their eleven league games, they have gained eight victories and three defeats, scoring thirty-nine and conceding nineteen.

This is sure to be a battle at the Red House and any FTFC following would be appreciated by the squad. Directions to the ground can be found here: Faringdon Town Football Club to Purton FC, Purton, Swindon – Google Maps

Squad From:
Adam Sly
George James
Jack Gibson
Jamie Arlott
Jamie Broadfield
Jamie Tuck
Josh Forth
Kyle Bowyer
Liam Hares
Luke Davenport
Matt Pill
Pete Fletcher
Ray Lovell
Sam Leech
Will Bazen

The Don are sponsored by (Home Shirt) The Snooty Mehmaan, The Advertiser Magazine & Pickpackplus & (Away Shirt), & and we thank them for their continued support.

Robbie Harrington’s Devs will host Bourton Rovers in Hartwell Witney & District League Division Two action at Tucker Park this Saturday. Kick-off at the hallowed turf is 13:45.

The visiting club are in a transition period, with their first team having to withdraw from Uhlsport Hellenic League Division Two West at the start of the season, which meant their Witney & District Division Two Reserve side had to take over the mantle of being the first team. So far this season, they have fallen behind on fixtures due to various reasons and have completed just eight ties to date, meaning they have five games in hand on Town Devs, who sit in fifth position on twenty-four points. Rovers are currently in tenth position in this fourteen-team league, winning three games, drawing one and losing four on the way to claiming nine points (point lost due to disciplinary). Rovers come into the fixture on the back of a 7-3 away defeat to Wootton Sports last weekend. Goals have been in short supply with only seventeen scored and twenty-seven conceded during their league campaign to date.

Town Dev’s kindly sponsored by J Godfrey & Son Funeral Services & Las Chicas Faringdon, their support is amazing and we can’t thank them enough.

It’s a bottom-of-the-table, proverbial six-pointer for Ben Stratford and his A-Team charges this Saturday, as basement side Leafield Reserves visit Tucker Park, looking to close the current five-point gap between them and second-bottom Town to two points. The visitors also have a game in hand, so this game is crucial for Town if they wish to climb up the table and not be in danger of receiving the wooden spoon! Kick-off at Tucker Park is 14:15.

The two sides met prior to the festive period when Town claimed a 1-1 draw, one of three Leafield have achieved this season in totalling three league points. Town on eight points grabbed the draw with a Chris Rutt strike and despite putting in a much-improved performance against a strengthened Kingham All Blacks Reserves on the road last Saturday, were unlucky to lose 2-1 when Justin Yates found the net.

A win for Town this weekend could see them climb a couple of places up the table and bring them closer to the mid-table pack, but they will need to find their shooting boots in the second half of the season to give the squad an uplift following a disappointing first twelve games of the season.

Town A’s have been lucky to have had the support and sponsorship from Wessex Recovery, another trusted partner of FTFC.


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