Goode knows leaders will pose tough test for Bulls

Matthew Powell is back in contention for Banbury Bulls
Matthew Powell is back in contention for Banbury Bulls

Banbury Bulls head coach Matt Goode has hinted there will be changes ahead of Saturday’s clash with Wadworth 6X South West One East leaders Newbury Blues.

Bulls lost for the first time in 22 league outings at Marlborough last weekend and will face Newbury at the DCS Stadium where Goode is hoping home advantage can swing the game in his side’s favour.

Whatever happens regarding promotion this season, we want to make the DCS Stadium a fortress

Bulls head coach Matt Goode

Goode said: “Whatever happens regarding promotion this season, we want to make the DCS Stadium a fortress. It will be a difficult game against Newbury and they will be favourites to go straight back up.”

Sam Stoop and Matt Powell are back in contention but Kallum Dixey and Pete Boulton, who were both injured in the defeat at Marlborough are ruled out, along with Dan Brady.

Goode said: “Besides the enforced changes, there will be a couple more but we have a strong squad this season.”

Saturday’s game will also see the home debut of new signing Duncan Reese.

The former Scottish under-16 and under-19 player made his debut at Marlborough and Goode added: “Duncan can play anywhere in the backs and he fitted straight into the team at Marlborough, he will be a great addition for the club.”