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Ross Embleton Previews Bassett Friendly

5 September 2016

Match Previews

Ross Embleton Previews Bassett Friendly

5 September 2016

Town are back in action this evening when they make the short trip to Royal Wootton Bassett Town FC for a friendly game (7.30pm Kick-Off).

Arranged to help celebrate the one-year anniversary of the opening of the New Gerard Buxton Sports Ground, the Robins will field a number of first-team players in order to help mark the occasion in style.

Defender Raphael Rossi-Branco and forward Jon Obika will step up their recovery from injury this evening, while Will Henry, Tom Smith, Jake Evans, Ellis Iandolo, Sean Murray and Jermaine Hylton will all start the game. 

Speaking about tonight’s match, Embleton revealed that the club were only too happy to help Royal Wootton Bassett Town FC celebrate the first anniversary of their new ground. 

“I think first of all Wootton Bassett have given us a huge advantage over the last eight or nine months, so any support or help that we can give them is a good payback from our perspective,” he told

“It is important to acknowledge everything they have done to accommodate us at a fantastic facility. 

“From our point of view and from a football perspective, it gives a number of people a very good opportunity to play.

“The Development group will be in a league this year so everyone got some good minutes in pre-season, but that dies off a little bit when the season starts as certain people get in the squad and certain people don’t, so it is a real good opportunity for one or two young ones and one or two who have picked up injuries along the way to get some minutes under their belt.

“We’ve certainly got eight players that will start the game so Will Henry, Raphael (Rossi-Branco),  Tom Smith, Jake Evans, Ellis Iandolo, Sean Murray, Jon Obika and Jermaine Hylton will all start the game this evening."

And Embleton also spoke about the decision to include Raphael Rossi-Branco, Jon Obika and Deadline Day arrival, Sean Murray in his plans for this evening’s friendly.

“Part of the process for us is to make sure Jon, Raphael and Sean (Murray), who has come into the club not so long ago, get bedded in and get those important minutes under their belt so that we don’t have to use first-team games as part of their recovery,” he added.

“Of course, that is part of it to get them back up to the levels that they need to play in league games, but this helps them to bridge that gap from working hard in training and getting closer to being back in contention.”

Tickets for tonight's game are £6 for adults and £3 for concessions.

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