Oldham wants more fight from his Saracens
CHELTENHAM Saracens manager Gerry Oldham believes his team need to 'roll their sleeves up' in their Hellenic Floodlit Cup match against Highworth tonight, writes Laura Fell.
The Saracens lost 4-1 away against Slimbridge at the weekend, despite a recent run of good form including a 5-1 drubbing of Oxford City Nomads – last year's Hellenic League Champions.
Oldham was bitterly disappointed by this loss but knows what his team need to do moving forward.
"We were not happy we lost on Saturday, and not just because we lost but also because of how we played," he said.
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"It was a lacklustre performance. We didn't deserve to win the game.
" Against Highworth we need to roll up our sleeves and work very hard. We need to fight for every ball. We can match Highworth and have the ability to win the game.
"But we have to earn the right to win. We need a completely different attitude moving forwards."
Oldham is expecting Highworth to be a very physical clash but knows if the Saracens play as well as he believes they are capable of, Saracens can easily match them.
"Highworth are at the bottom of the League, but we know we need to work hard and show them we want to win," he said.
"We need to go out and try to win the game from the first whistle. We need to play how we should be playing."
Saracens, who are currently lying in ninth in the Hellenic League table, are also playing a County Cup semi-final against Bristol Academy on Saturday and Oldham is making the most of the depth of his squad to keep players as fresh as possible while playing two to three games a week.
Oldham believes the club's best chance of winning a cup this season will come in the County Cup.
Sam Slender will be out of tomorrow's match with a knee injury, while midfielder Lorcan Sheehan returns to the squad after illness ruled him out of Saturday's clash with Wantage.
Top scorer Ethan Moore also misses the match through suspension.
Bishop's Cleeve are also in action tonight when they welcome Mangotsfield United to Kayte Lane in the quarter-finals of the Gloucestershire Senior Challenge Cup (7.30pm)
The Villagers claimed their first victory of the year so far when defeating Clevedon Town on Saturday with Gloucester City loanee Matt Liddiard scoring the only goal.
Liddiard will not be available to face the Mangos tonight, however as he – and Tigers teammate Joe Parker are cup tied.
Cheltenham Town youngsters Michael Gonzalo, Zack Kotwica and Bobbie Dale, who missed Saturday's win owing to a paperwork delay, are also cup tied for the clash.