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Rothwell face tough test

Rothwell Town face a stern test of their improved form in the BGB Southern League tonight when they take on Leamington at Cecil Street.

Saturday's entertaining draw with Aylesbury United made it just one defeat in the last four for the Bones in Division One Midlands and increased the possibility of them finishing outside the

bottom three.

But they will be pushed hard by a Leamington side who have to win to

retain any mathematical hope of being champions.

More realistically, however, the Brakes are looking

to build momentum ahead of the play-offs.

But the night will still be a big pay day for the Bones with Leamington expected to bring over 300 to the game.

By far and away the best-supported team in the division, the Brakes' average

attendance this season is over 560 with only Premier Division King's Lynn and Farnborough in the South & West Division enjoying better gates in the whole of the Southern League.

With their big support and momentum from a record-breaking promotion

campaign from the Polymac Midland Alliance last year – the Brakes finished 17 points clear of the rest with 103 points after winning 33 of their 42 games – many expected them to sweep through the league this year, too.

But after making the pace for the first half of the campaign a dip in form at the turn of the year has allowed Evesham United to get away at the top.

However, they appear to be back to their best coming into tonight's game after winning their last five in a row. And in Ben Mackey they possess a striker who has 29 goals this term.

But Bones boss Ian Jackson will take confidence from the fact that his side are showing now more resilience and have given Leamington two good games this season in the league and the errea Cup.

"We're looking forward to it because we're playing okay," he said. "I think the reason for that is we're relaxing a bit now because we know we can't be relegated.

"Leamington are not a bad side. But we certainly don't fear them and it should be a good spectacle as both sides like to play to good football."

Skipper Jonny Bewers and Michael Tolton both return for the Bones but defender Ben Greasley is out. Robert Richie-Smith (hamstring) and Chris Difante (groin) will also have late tests.

Following tonight's game with Leamington, the Bones have three away games in a row.

This weekend they travel to Stourbridge before playing their re-arranged derby with Woodford United next Monday night. They then go to Malvern Town on April 19 before ending at home to Bedworth United.

Rothwell from: Smith, Bridgeford, Tolton,

Kattos, Purton, McInally, Boyle-Chong, Bewers, Richie-Smith, Difante, Cunnington, Koriya, Blaikie,

Stead.

 
 
 

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