I couldn't deny Robbie the chance to better himself – Oldland boss
By The Bristol Post | Friday, November 04, 2011, 07:00
OLDLAND Abbotonians boss Paul Britton saw teenager Robbie Maggs leave for Clevedon Town, but he admitted: "I couldn't stand in his way."
The former Bristol Rovers youngster, who lives at Weston-super-Mare, has opted to chance his arm two levels higher with the Evo-Stik Southern League strugglers.
Britton said: "It's disappointing whenever you see one of your brighter talents leave, but I would never prevent players like Robbie progressing. The day I try to hold them back is the day I should probably quit management altogether."
Britton has moved to fill the gap by signing central midfielder Dale Riley, who suffered a serious jaw injury while playing for Keynsham and has been on the comeback trail with Wick in the Bristol Premier Combination.
Oldland will seek a first win in four games at home to Portishead Town.
Manager Jamie Hillman is ready to hand new recruit Danny Guibarra a first start for Hengrove Athletic at third-placed Elmore. With striker Ben Crewe absent, along with his brother Luke for the next four games and James Dunn banned, Hillman hopes Guibarra, pictured, will grab his chance.
Midfielder Liam Orchard has earned a chance to impress at Roman Glass St George. Boss Roger Hudd handed the 18-year-old a debut from the bench in last Saturday's 1-0 home defeat by Keynsham Town and he stays in the squad for the visit to Devizes Town. Nathan Churchill is banned, though.
Almondsbury UWE host Gillingham Town aiming to bounce back from a 3-2 defeat at Shepton Mallet. "Had we taken a few of our chances, we might easily have got something from it," said Almonds assistant boss Mel Davies.
Keynsham have Luke Lipinski, Gary McDermott, Jake Coggins and Ryan Day available again for their home match with Shepton Mallet.
Leaders Cadbury Heath are in Les Phillips Cup action, at second-placed Calne Town, for a first-round clash.