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FOOTBALL: Chickerell boss Coward faces up to his former club
DORSET SENIOR LEAGUE
CHICKERELL boss Steve Coward locks horns with Portland United Reserves tomorrow for the first time since leaving Grove Corner at the end of last season.
The derby showdown at the Stalls (2pm) is set up nicely with Coward’s Chickens second in the Dorset Senior League table, one place above his former team, now managed by Chris Hicks.
And Coward, whose current side are hot on the heels of league leaders Sturminster Marshall, is relishing the opportunity of going toe-to-toe against the islanders.
But he insists that he is “not looking to get one over on anyone” and is hopeful the Chickens can keep their unbeaten start to the campaign going.
Opposite number Hicks is well aware of the connections between the two clubs and will be interested to see how his players get on when they meet the former Dorset Premier League outfit.
“It should be a good game,” said Hicks. “There are a lot of connections between the two clubs and we are looking forward to it.
“It will be a good chance for us to gauge where we are in this division against a side that was in the DPL just last season.
“Sometimes in these sorts of games the football can go out of the window and it comes down to who wants it the most.”
Coward added: “I left on good terms and I’m still friends with the people there behind the scenes. I’m not looking to get one over anyone but it would be nice to get something out of the game.”
Coward isn’t set to make radical changes from the team that beat Piddletrenthide last time out with a late goal from Dan Welch.
Nick Etherington is back in contention for the hosts while Josh Burton starts a two-match suspension for the visitors.
Alex Gould is working his way back to full match fitness but got through 80 minutes last Saturday when Portland defeated Blandford Reserves thanks to a James Hansford hat-trick.
The Redlands outfit dropped two points against South Cheri-ton last weekend and are in desperate need of a winning run to stay in contention at the top end.
Boss Steve Reynolds said: “Charlie May is unavailable due to work commitments while Craig Bridle has broken his ankle and will be out for at least six weeks.
“Corfe are just above us in the table with a game in hand, so it’s a match we need to win.”
Upwey currently lie seventh in the table, seven points adrift off the summit.
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