The good news ahead of this game is that striker Mark Janes is back in the squad and in contention for a starting place. Also Manager Julian McCalmon has been busy in the transfer market and brought in flying winger Darius Browne from Banbury United.
Darius was with us last season and we all know how dangerous a player he can be, its great to have him and all his trickery back here at Yarnton Road.
McCalmon reports to me that he has a full squad to pick from and hopes to extract some revenge for the humiliation suffered back in August when the Rouslers beat us 11-0 at The Victoria ground. That result occurred before McCalmon was appointed our manager and it is indeed our clubs record defeat, but hopefully that sort of performance is behind us now.
It's well documented that we have lost five games on the bounce but in all those games player unavailability coupled with a bit of bad luck certainly hasn't helped. Last Saturday we lost 3 - 1 at Corby, it wasn't that we didn't play well, we did, but time and time again we lost out in the last third of the field. We did get a consolation goal late in the game when Anaclet Odhiambo headed home but it wasn't enough against a very good Corby side.
Today we take on another promotion chasing side in Bromsgrove Sporting who were in the top two of the table until last week when Corby's win over us saw the Northamptonshire side leapfrog above them. Bromsgrove only drew 3 - 3 at home to Berkhamsted and that result followed up a 3 - 0 defeat away to Coleshill on New Years Day, therefore we are both still looking for a first win of 2019!
McCalmon will certainly be looking to his side to put in another good performance this afternoon, especially as in mid-week North Leigh took full advantage of their game in hand on us to beat Aylesbury 3 - 1 at Eynsham Hall.
Squad - Warrell, Castle, Quainton, Carbon, Bernasconi, Organ, Franklin, Martin, Gabbidon, Willoughby, Benjamin, Osborn-Ricketts, Tooke, Singh, Janes, Browne, Odhiambo, Williams, Stanbridge, Cowlishaw, Thorne.
Updated 07:45 - 12 Jan 2019 by Simon Dickens