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Victory would put Saras back in the title mix

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: November 09, 2012

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BOSS Gerry Oldham is looking at tomorrow's trip to Wantage Town as a chance for his Cheltenham Saracens side to re-ignite their title push.

A victory at Alfredian Park would take Saracens to within two points of third-placed Wantage and Oldham's men have a game in hand on most of their rivals.

They made progress in the Bluefin Insurance League Cup last week with a victory at Old Woodstock Town and Oldham hopes they have put a blip in results firmly behind them.

"We are still in three cup competitions and it was good to win at Old Woodstock because it's never easy going to a team from a league below because they were up for it," Oldham said.

"We had nine players unavailable, but four or five lads from the reserves came in and we changed a few positions around, which paid off.

"I now have another headache picking my team for Wantage, but we'll have to be at our best to win there because they are going well.

"Hopefully we can get a result and that would put us right back in the mix."

Oldham has been handed an unexpected boost with the news that key man Andy Crosskey may soon be available after a long-term groin injury.

He is waiting to see a specialist over a problem that has kept him sidelined since the end of last season.

But he is due to play for the reserves tomorrow and Oldham hopes he can return to first team action when his fitness levels improve.

"Andy turned up to watch last week and ended up coming on for ten or 15 minutes, which is a massive bonus for me because he is a top player at this level," Oldham said.

"He's still got to see a specialist, but he feels he can do a job in the meantime and we'll be happy to have him back."

Spike Rhodes and Sam Slender are both back after missing the Old Woodstock trip, while the likes of Harlie Price and Joe Bermingham have given Oldham food for thought having performed well after stepped up from the reserves last week.

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