Victory against the Sarnies can get us on a roll, says Cirencester boss
RESTED and recharged Cirencester Town will be looking to right the wrongs of their FA Cup exit when they kick-off their FA Trophy campaign tomorrow.
The Centurions were unfortunate losers in a third qualifying round tie against Weymouth last weekend, Stuart Yetton's wonder goal securing the win for the Terras.
Boss Brian Hughes elected to rest nine of his regular starting lineup for Wednesday night's Red Insure Cup success at Cinderford Town with tomorrow's trip to Egham Town firmly on his mind.
Those rested players were given specific instructions to avoid the gym and put their feet up in order to be ready to tackle the team known as the Sarnies in A1 condition.
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"We've been playing three games a week since August and have been in training since June and there are times when rest is vitally important," Hughes said.
"I'm no sport scientist but I firmly believe that having a rest and recharging the batteries every now and then will give us that boost.
"The lads were a bit down after last weekend's game because we felt we were the only side that were going to win it when we levelled at 1-1.
"But then their guy scores a wonder goal to win it and it really knocked the stuffing out of us and we just couldn't recover."
With that disappointment still preying on the mind of Hughes and his squad, tomorrow's trip to Surrey offers the perfect attempt at redemption.
And Hughes will be able to call upon some expert scouting ahead of the tie as he calls in a favour from the manager of one of the Centurions' county rivals.
The Sarnies ply their trade at the same level as the Centurions and currently sit in a mid-table position in Calor League Division One Central.
But they saw their FA Cup hopes ended early in the season by Shortwood United and Hughes will be keen to get as much information on a relative unknown quantity as he can.
"I sorted out a free ticket for John Evans when we played Didcot in the Trophy a week or so ago and he said to give me a ring about Egham as Shortwood played them in the FA Cup," Hughes said.
"I will be doing that ahead of the game as it's vital to know as much as you can about these teams because you can be going into the unknown a bit.
"After the defeat last week it's good to have another cup tie to look forward to. We are desperate to have a good run in the Trophy, going out of the Cup last week has just added to that desire."