The Don welcome Cannings – Devs have a weekend off – A’s travel to Eynsham

Feb 2, 2024 | Featured, Match Preview, Senior Football News, Weekend Preview, Weekend Preview

Weekend Preview – Saturday 3rd February 2024

It was a third defeat and another game without a goal for The Don as they lost Saturday and bowed out of the Fountain Trophies Senior League Cup Quarter Final. Premier Division Larkhall Athletic Development showed their higher league position with four unanswered goals. The Don players will look at some individual mistakes within those goals conceded.

So it’s back to Corsham Print Wiltshire Senior League Division One action on Saturday as The Don look to find their scoring boots, following three league and cup games without a goal. The slump has also seen them lose their top spot in the league table and a number of clubs have closed the gap, to what looks to be a thrilling and competitive end to the season with at least six clubs in with a shout of the title.

Bishops Cannings, located just on the edge of Devizes are the visitors to Tucker Park for their first ever trip to admire the Folly Tower, and they will be looking to pour more misery on The Don’s current form. The two sides met on a horrendous day in October at the Wiltshire FA’s headquarters on 3G, where the heavens opened and at the final whistle, the facility had to be closed due to the pitch being unable to handle the amount of water laying on the playing surface. During the match, Cannings showed despite their lowly league position of 12th, they are quick on the break and have some skilful young players within their numbers, twice taking the lead, before Town dominated and taking home a 3-2 victory courtesy of goals from Jamie Broadfield, Pete Fletcher and an own goal.

Coming into this tie, Cannings are also on a three game losing streak, losing 2-1 to 7th positioned Kintbury Rangers Reserves last weekend. They have so far managed four league victories, two draws and twelve defeats accumulating 14 points, scoring 27 and conceding 57 league goals. Simon Raczek (6 from 13) and Charlie Swan (5 from 11) lead the goalscoring charts from the fifty four players named during this season!

The Don have the whole of February playing at Tucker Park and will have to regroup and look to gain some confidence and momentum as the run-in begins. Squad news is positive with a squad of 16 available, however it does mean some lads miss out and due to the Devs not having a fixture, have a free weekend. Kick off at Tucker Park is 14:15 and we hope to see another healthy crowd to spur the lads on for this critical part of the season. Bar open from 12:00.

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

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As mentioned, Robbie Harrington’s Dev’s are without a Hartwell sponsored Witney & District League Division Two fixture on Saturday. Disappointing as the squad looked to build on last weekends massive 2-0 away victory at strong league leaders Moreton Rangers Reserves, who had lost just the once this season. Rich Evans was the goalscoring hero with a double strike and keeping their chances of promotion alive.

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.

The A’s were in action last Saturday as they made the short journey to Monahan Way to face Carterton Town in Hartwell sponsored Witney & District League Division Three. Carterton have hopes of gaining promotion and despite being reduced to ten players after twenty minutes, they still came away with a 4-1 victory, despite a free-kick from Jason Evans.

This Saturday, Town A will be hoping for a positive result as they travel to Eynsham SSC Reserves in a 10th v 12th encounter. The two sides are yet to face each other this season and with Town on 11pts and the home side on 15 with a game in hand, it s a chance for Town to move further away from the bottom and into the mid-table positions.

Eynsham have managed to win five and lose nine of their fourteen league fixtures, scoring twenty four and conceding forty five. Those five wins have all come from away trips, losing all five home games. They do come into the tie on the back of a three game away winning streak, so are probably not happy to be playing at home, with their form there.

Kick off at the Eynsham Playing Fields (south side) is at 14:00 and directions are here:

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