17th September 2021 - Patchway Town manager optimistic
PATCHWAY Town manager Tim Minihane is optimistic his largely rebuilt ranks can soon start to hit the heights on
a consistent basis in Marcliff Gloucestershire County League competition.
The Scott Park outfit had shown a marked improvement on their 2019-20 challenges in and around the league’s
basement when their season had to end even earlier last term as the Covid pandemic continued to rage.
Then, Minihane’s men signed off with four wins and a draw from an unbeaten mini five-game sequence, promise and
potential they hoped to take into a full and successful 2021-22 campaign jostling for prized places in the upper
echelons of the table once more.
It hasn’t turned out quite that way, at least not to begin with, although former Oldbury Reserves and
Tytherington Rocks supremo Minihane believes there are good reasons for that helter-skelter form.
“We had a great squad last year, one which essentially picked itself,” he reflected. “For various reasons we
began to lose some of our most influential players; so it was a case of rebuilding somewhat.
“We’re still in a very healthy place, as can be seen by having a brand-new third team competing in District Four
which can only help funnel club players through to our reserves and firsts.
“That is our strategy, to promote players from within the camp rather than have to recruit from outside.”
Minihane has nonetheless overseen the acquisition of several fresh faces, including Adam Porter, an “energetic,
influential box-to-box player” promoted from Patchway Reserves duty having previously performed under the same
manager’s stewardship at both Oldbury and Tytherington.
“Skilful and direct” wide man Matteo Pali, who Minihane insists captured the attention of Toolstation League
clubs having hit a hat-trick in a summer friendly, has been in early scoring form with Patchway’s District
Senior second string.
Also aboard now, from Stoke Rangers, is Grant Mathieson, an “out and out pacy winger” who, like Pali, set his
reserve team commitments underway with a goal in their 3-2 opening afternoon victory over Real Thornbury.
“All-action” central midfielder from Almondsbury, Harry Tetlow; fast-improving 17-year-old winger Hassan Hussein,
and Filton Athletic’s attacking midfielder Carl Lakey, a “well-known local lad,” have all signed up and shown
positive signs, in their new manager’s estimation.
Minihane accepted: “We did lose our left-winger Sid Bojang to Hallen; and our central midfielder Muhammed Jeng
went to Cadbury Heath. Another performing in that position, Matt Barnes, also left us.
“So we’d lost a few from the squad assembled the previous year and it’s a case at the moment of trying to
stabilise it and hoping consistent performances follow.”
The Scott Park supremo admits he and his team were “devastated” at bowing out 1-0 at the weekend in the first
round of the Les James League Cup at the hands of undefeated title contenders Wick, who visit Patchway again
tomorrow for a swift and enticing reunion, this time in the league.
“We’d matched them pretty much all the way before they nicked a winner at the death,” Minihane mused. “Play as
well as we did in that game every week and we’ll win more than we lose.
“It’s a tough period coming up for us with Wick, Frampton United and Shirehampton our next three opponents.
“We’re feeling pleased and encouraged, though; the club as a whole is in a good place with all the fund-raising
and facilities improvements.
“With great support from the parish council too, it’s all helping make for a better footballing experience for
Whilst there’s little denying a tasty tussle’s in prospect again at Scott Park tomorrow, there’s plenty else on
offer to whet spectators’ appetites in the County League.
Ambitious Rockleaze Rangers expect to face a potentially tricky afternoon at winless Bromley Heath United, while Little
Stoke and Henbury play host to visits by newly-promoted English Bicknor, and relative 2019 newcomers Quedgeley
Second-placed Shirehampton are at Ruardean Hill Rangers and >Hanham Athletic head for Sharpness seeking their
first 2021-22 points.
All games kick off at 3pm.