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Grab your chance to be heroes – Collicutt

Friday, September 24th, 2010

Paul Collicutt has challenged his Bishop’s Cleeve players to go from zeros to heroes in their FA Cup tie against Woking on tomorrow after their dismal league defeat on Tuesday.

Collicutt, who described the performance against Stourport Swifts as the worst of the season, has called upon his players to put things right against a Woking side who are used to being David rather than Goliath.

“Saturday’s game is a bonus as the lads have got a chance to go from zeros to heroes and cause an upset after a poor game,” said Collicutt.

“Not a lot went right that night, to be honest, I tried something different tactically, but I hold my hands up and say that didn’t work.

“It didn’t help that we conceded after four minutes. You can plan all you like, but when you concede that early it all goes out the window.”

Woking, who have a rich history as giantkillers in the FA Cup, are managed by Graham Baker, a man who Collicutt remembers playing with at a trial for Southampton.

“I played for Southampton Reserves with him and they offered me a contract as an apprentice,” he said.

“Cheltenham accepted on the condition that Southampton arranged a friendly.

“They even brought the FA Cup with them which had been won that year by the senior team.”

Woking head to Kayte Lane tomorrow as favourites, but Collicutt believes his side have what it takes to cause an upset, despite their poor performance against Stourport.

“The players didn’t play as well as they know they can and I’d say that was the poorest showing of the season, but my job is to make sure they get it out of their system,” he said.

A rejuvenated Julian Alsop will be available for selection tomorrow, but Sam Avery and Richard Mansell are doubtful after not being involved in Tuesday night’s game.

“Jules is fine for Saturday but Sam Avery and Richard Mansell are 50/50, so we will have a look at them at training and then make a decision,” said Collicutt.

“Perhaps we are underdogs, but the players are wound up and will raise their game come Saturday.”

Alsop facing fitness race for Cleeve trip

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

Julian Alsop is a doubt for tonight's game against Stourport Swifts

TOP scorer Julian Alsop faces a race to be fit for Bishop’s Cleeve’s trip to Stourport Swifts tonight.

Boss Paul Collicutt said the big striker was nursing an ankle injury and might not be ready to play.

“Julian is struggling with his ankle and is a real doubt for tonight,” said Collicutt.

“Sam Avery has a problem with his hamstring too and Robert Mansell is definitely out after spending Saturday night in hospital with concussion.”

However, the return of Steve Jones and Mark Pritchett from a one and three-match ban respectively “evens it out a bit” according to Collicutt, who will be looking to build on his side’s draw against Almondsbury on Saturday.

When asked what he knew about Stourport Swifts, Collicutt admitted he didn’t know much about the latest team to be added to the South and West Division from the Midland league, but was concentrating on making sure his team were focused.

“A win in this league can lift you up four or five places so we really want to get the three points tonight,” he said.

“The league is the bread and butter and it is important we win tonight so we can take that positivity into the FA Cup tie against Woking on Saturday.”

Collicutt said Saturday’s game against Almondsbury was two points lost rather than one point gained and described Cleeve’s home form as “patchy”.

“I had a chat with their manager after the game and he said that was the fifth or sixth late goal they’ve scored this season,” he said.

“It was a disappointment as our goalkeeper only had one shot to deal with all game and before you know it, he was picking the ball out of the net.

“The only time they threatened us was set-plays and corners, so we showed a bit of a lack of concentration to concede so late on.

“When the ball was in play they didn’t look like troubling us at all.

“The most important thing is that we learn from it and concentrate on tonight.”

With Cleeve currently lying around mid-table in the Zamaretto League South and West Division, tonight’s game gives them the chance to move up to sixth as one of only four clubs to be involved in midweek games.