September 27th, 2016

Boss – key games looming

QUENTIN TOWNSEND views the next four games as the chance for Pershore Town to banish any worries about being dragged into a relegation dogfight.

Pershore, who lie 16th, entertain Pelsall Villa, the team immediately above them in Midland League Division One on Saturday and then visit bottom side Bolehall Swifts the following weekend.

Town’s struggles in front of goal have left them without a win in seven games but Townsend has snapped up former Southam striker Gareth Evans and ex-Kidderminster youth player Dom Strevens from Fairfield Villa to ease the problem.

He has two more targets in mind and he warned every player will need to raise their game to ensure they can ease into mid-table, rather than looking over their shoulders.

“It’s easy to say we are too good to be dragged into a relegation scrap but it’s all about getting the results to prove it,” said Townsend.

“We need to buck up and show what we’re capable of.

“We’ve got four games coming up against teams around us and we need to be looking to get at least eight or nine points from the next 12 available.

“I’m not in any sort of panic, but the truth is we need to get some points on the board.”

With the addition of one-time Coleshill forward Evans and Strevens, plus the return of Brett McGilligan, Townsend believes his squad is getting stronger.

Central midfielder McGilligan, on target against Lichfield at the weekend, was unavailable for the midweek draw at Southam through work commitments.

“Gareth (Evans) knows where the net is and he wins a lot of headers and flicks to bring others into the game, so he will be a good addition for us,” said Townsend.

“He was with me at Southam but he hasn’t played since we all left so he will need games to get match-fit.”

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