BISHOP’S Cleeve boss John Brough welcomes key central defender Ryan Paddock back into his team for Saturday's short trip to the Causeway Ground to take on Cinderford Town, writes Richard Joyce.
Three consecutive defeats have seen the Mitres slip to 18th, but a positive result from a derby game with one of their county rivals could provide much needed impetus heading into the Christmas fixture schedule.
“We’ve got a full strength back four as Ryan Paddock is available and I’ve spoken to Gloucester about Lewis Binns. I’m also hoping to bring some players in to freshen things up before Christmas,” Brough said.
“It’s a local derby and we know some of their players. We know they’ll have a set-up and a game plan but we will be looking to impose ourselves on them. We’re looking forward to the challenge.
“We played them early in the season and lost but were the better team in the first half with them the better side in the second half.”
Consistency has certainly been an issue this season for Cleeve. Brough’s side have picked up impressive wins over the likes of Tiverton, Shortwood United and Evesham in the current campaign but have been let down by their inability to produce any unbeaten run.
“Consistency has been a massive problem. We put together one or two good results and then we lose three or four,” he adds.
“We haven’t had a draw all season so it would be nice to find some middle ground.”
And Brough, who had Jacob Morgan back in training on return from injury last night, is hoping this weekend won’t be ruined by the conditions that affected his side at Kayte Lane last time out.
“We like to attack and get forward. I’m looking forward to a game hopefully not affected by the wind as that was a key factor last weekend. It ruins the game of football.
“Our target is for everyone to give their best every week and to try and get as many points as possible. Hopefully starting on Saturday against Cinderford.”