Patchway Town vs Cheltenham Civil Service: Match Preview

Following their 3-0 defeat to Gloucestershire County League leaders Cribbs Reserves at the weekend, Cheltenham Civil Service will be looking to bounce back from their poor run of results against fellow strugglers Patchway Town this Saturday.

Emerging victorious in the reverse fixture back in October which ended 3-1 to the Gloucestershire side, Civil Service will be looking to do similar this weekend.

Speaking to the media, their Head Coach Steve Holend looked back on how his side were so effective last time out.

“We played Patchway Town earlier in the season and on the day, it was a hard earned victory with dead balls being the difference. We scored from a corner, a long throw and a penalty so it’s clear we will target those areas again”.

As for Patchway Town, they’re currently on a two-game winning run; their best since the season began.

Putting four past Henbury last weekend, the hosts will be hoping to continue their hot streak in front of goal.

With Service and Patchway sitting 12th and 14th respectively, three points would go a long way as both sides look to avoid a relegation battle.

Boasting one of the better defensive records in the bottom half of the table, Patchway will be looking to maintain their solidity at the back.

As for Civil Service, they’ll need to be more clinical in front of goal if they’re to come away with something this weekend.

Head coach Steve Holend highlighted some aspects of Patchway’s game that his side will need to be wary of.

“Patchway have lively wingers who waste no time getting a yard in the box. We will be asked to defend well.”

He also stressed the importance of the game and the impact that it could have on the rest of the season.

“With them being one of those sides below us, and given their win last week, this will be a very difficult game. The right result could give us the kick start we so badly need right now”.

As for team news, it’s too early to confirm the status of both squads but with injuries and a suspension for centre half Teejay Hosking, it’s likely for there to be some rotation in Civil Service’s squad.

“We have a number of players missing across our back line but I’ve managed to get a few in and I’m confident we can go get the result we need”.

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