PLAYER-MANAGER Scott Rogers says that Saturday’s home clash with league leaders Bristol Manor Farm is Willand Rovers’ biggest game of the season.
Willand may have three games in hand over their visitors, but the six-point deficit which separates the two sides has seen Rogers label it even more important than their FA Cup fourth round qualifying clash with Gosport Borough earlier this season.
And Rogers, whose side did not play at the weekend, says avoiding defeat is crucial to their title hopes.
“I think it is our biggest game of the season – even bigger than the Gosport game to be honest,” he said.
“They are one of the top teams so I am hoping we can get a result and a decent crowd for it.
“If we can either win or draw then I think we will be in with a good chance in the title race.
“I think that if we lose we will put ourselves under a lot of pressure to win the title.
“I know I am putting a lot of pressure on us but it is important we get a result on Saturday. It is a massive game for the club and for the supporters.”
Rogers is buoyed by the prospect of having a fully-fit squad at his disposal.
He has even arranged a friendly away to Torquay United on Tuesday to ensure his men are fit and ready for the weekend’s crunch clash.
Rogers said: “Dean Stamp has been out with suspension but it will be good for him to get a game on Tuesday. Other than that, we have a fully fit squad with no suspensions or anything for Saturday.
“We go into it at full strength.”
It is just as well, as they will need every resource available to take something off a team who have conceded just 18 goals in their 20 league games this season.
But rather than be intimidated by their opponents’ pedigree, Rogers is instead aiming to copy their blueprint for success.
“Bristol Manor Farm are pretty much where we aspire to be at the moment. Their manager has built a really good side and that is what we are trying to do,” he continued.
“If we can emulate that we will not be too far away from the top