Cleeve hope to be at the races a day earlier
STRIKER Joe Parker is set to spurn the chance for an 18th birthday out on the tiles for the delights of a Southern League relegation battle tonight.
Fresh from scoring his first Gloucester City goal on Saturday, Parker is set to take a place in loan club Bishop's Cleeve's squad for the Villagers clash with Taunton Town (7.30pm).
The travel problems associated with the National Hunt Festival has prompted the Villagers to move their midweek clash with the Peacocks to tonight.
And after Saturday's crunch clash with Winchester City fell foul of a waterlogged pitch, boss Alex Sykes will have an unexpectedly fresh squad from which to choose.
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That should include loan striker Parker and Cheltenham Town scholars Michael Gonzalo and Zack Kotwica.
"We're hoping that we're going to have the lads available from Cheltenham and Joe Parker as well in to help the cause for what is another big game," Sykes said
"While we were disappointed that the game was off on Saturday, it did give us a chance to rest some aching bones and also to get a few more lads available which is a big plus.
"That fixture against Winchester will now come a lot later in the season and we can do ourselves a big favour be being in a much better position by the time it comes around.
"And we know that if we win tonight then we are out of that relegation spot and there can be no bigger carrot than that."
Cleeve chairman Dave Walker and club stalwart Dave Lewis were working on the Kayte Lane pitch yesterday in a bid to cure the waterlogging problems that forced Saturday's postponement.
The Villagers were also looking to follow the lead of their near neighbours at Cheltenham Racecourse in laying down covers to see off the forecast frost.