Mick Bradshaw says his Rayners Lane players will not need asking twice to get stuck into AFC Hinksey this weekend, as they seek to avenge a heavy defeat in the reverse fixture earlier in the season.
Nathan Fearon suffered a broken ankle from a robust challenge in the 6-0 drubbing by the Hellenic League’s runaway league leaders in September and has been sidelined with the problem ever since.
Tempers boiled over that day and the Lane players felt the tackle was deserving of a sending off, with Bradshaw keen to ensure his team are given better protection this time round in a bid to dish out some payback on the table-toppers.
He said: “Our players felt their lad should’ve been red carded for the tackle on Nathan last time. The referees in this league are not always as strong as we’d like them to be. We’ll play our football and see what happens. We’re hoping for a good result and provided we get some protection from the ref, there’s no reason we can’t.
“It’s almost an entirely new squad since then and Luke Heneghan, who was a fairly key player, has gone to America now. When you play big physical sides like AFC Hinksey, they can push you deep and force you to make mistakes.”
Bradshaw’s attention will turn to the Middlesex Charity Cup following Saturday’s clash with Hinksey as he sends out a side to take on Uxbridge in the second round on Tuesday night.
Elsewhere, Wembley’s Combined Counties Premier Division clash with Frimley Green was postponed on Saturday.