History beckons for Tuffley Rovers on Saturday, as they have a chance to progress to the Third Round Proper of the Buildbase FA Vase for the first time in the club’s history.
South West Peninsula League side, Bodmin Town, will visit Glevum Park for a 3pm kick-off on 12 November and it promises to be a big test for Mark Pritchett’s Uhlsport Hellenic League, Premier Division team, as their opponents currently sit near the top of their league, having completed a treble winning season in 2015/16.
The game will be Rovers’ first at this stage since 1994/95, when they lost 2-1 to Westbury United, and they have never gone further in the competition since first entering in 1992/93. Despite that, Rovers’ manager, Mark Pritchett, is in confident mood.
“We had a terrific win on Saturday, which has set us up nicely for the FA Vase game. I know this is going to be a real challenge but I’ve got confidence in the squad I’ve assembled and we have to believe that we can take Tuffley Rovers into unchartered territory in this competition”, Pritchett said.
Whilst Rovers are without Shayne Bradley, Gareth Jones and Warren Mann, who are all suspended, Liam Wright will be available for selection, having missed last Saturday’s game, and both Pritchett and his assistant, Shayne Anson, are likely to start outfield, something which they had not done before the win against Bracknell Town, when their experience helped the team record a very much deserved, but hard earned, victory.
Rovers opponents, who will be undertaking a 360 mile round-trip for the tie, have a good record in the competition and reached the fifth round (their best ever performance) back in 2012/13.
Club Secretary, Neil Spiller, is urging people to back the team as they look to progress one step closer to Wembley. “We get reasonable crowds, in comparison to other sides at Step 5 of the non-league game, but we rely on a core group of supporters and it would be good to see the people of Tuffley and Podsmead coming out to support the team as they look to progress in this competition”.