Player-manager Scott Rogers believes Willand Rovers will be ‘a different animal’ when they take on Buckland Athletic and Ilfracombe Town in consecutive Devon derbies.
According to Rogers, Rovers – who travel to Buckland today (Thursday) before travelling to Ilfracombe on Monday – looked tired in their 2-0 defeat to Cadbury Heath on Saturday.
They almost missed a couple of good chances and had a goal disallowed before eventually going down to a disappointing defeat, but Rogers believes his players can pick themselves up for the Easter fixtures.
“We have got two derbies coming up next with Buckland on Thursday and Ilfracombe on the Monday,” he said.
“We should be a different animal for those two games. We were missing four first team players and were very tired on Saturday.
“When you are missing four first team players, you are always going to struggle away to a good side.
“We have been playing a lot and putting in some decent performances too so we are starting to get a bit tired, but I think we’ll be fine for Buckland.”
Against Cadbury Heath, Luke Durham missed a one-on-one before Joe Bushin saw his goal chalked off for a foul on the goalkeeper.
Rovers never truly threatened once they found themselves two goals down, and Rogers was far from happy with both the referee and his side’s performance.
“I wasn’t too happy afterwards with the performance,” he said.
“We did have a few chances. Luke Durham missed a one-on-one, while Joe Bushin had one disallowed for a foul on the goalkeeper.
“Referees these days don’t let you even touch the keeper, but it is a little frustrating because we had one go against us against Bristol Manor Farm and we’ve had another go against us here.
“At 2-0 and having missed the chances that we had, it was always going to be an uphill struggle in the second half.”