Saracens boss still confident of a top-six finish
A TOP six finish is still possible for Cheltenham Saracens, according to boss Gerry Oldham.
Saracens lie 15th in the Hellenic League Premier Division ahead of tomorrow's home match against Wootton Bassett Town.
A victory would put them level on points with their visitors and with 26 matches left, Oldham is confident his team can improve on their stuttering start to the campaign.
"We want to finish as high as we can and I know if we have our strongest team out, we can be right up there in the top six this season," Oldham said. "We have loads of games left and we want to climb up the league and see how far we can go."
Bring a friend to Yoga with Evelyn at 8pm on Wednesdays, and get...View details
Bring a friend to Evelyn’s “Yoga” class on Wednesdays at 8-9pm, and get your class half for only £3. Offer open to non-members. Contact Natasha on 07958 520042 for details.
Terms: Class running at Fitness4Less, Grosvenor terrace. Non-members welcome.
Valid until: Friday, January 31 2014
Saracens were knocked out of the Gloucestershire Football Association Trophy 3-1 by Western League club Cadbury Heath on Wednesday night.
But Oldham was encouraged by the performance, which he said was much-improved from the league defeat by the same scoreline against Ascot United last Saturday.
"The difference between the sides was that they had three chances and scored three goals, while we had three chances and scored once," Oldham said.
"There was nothing in it and it was totally different to Saturday's performance."
Jordan Bryan continued his fine scoring form with Saracens' goal on Wednesday and he and former Cheltenham Town youth team player Josh Swales were praised for their efforts by the boss.
"I gave Jordan a bit of a rest by starting him on the bench, but we went on and scored from a Jack Oldham cross in the 67th minute," Oldham said.
"He can score all different types of goals: headers, long-range shots, or by beating defenders.
"He and Josh Swales have been outstanding for us and Josh has really come on this season.
"He has a big heart, loads of energy and both of them always give 100 per cent. As long as you have players like these two, you have a chance."
Saracens travel to Milton United a week tomorrow in the Bluefin Sports Challenge Cup, in which they reached the final last season, losing out to Oxford City Nomads.
They open their Flying Press Hellenic Floodlit Cup campaign at home to Shrivenham on Wednesday, November 6.
"We want to do well in all the cups, but the league is our priority and we have two home matches now, which is a chance to pick up our form," Oldham said.
Joe Donaghue (foot) could return from injury tomorrow.