September 29th, 2016

Town urged to keep focus in key games

QUENTIN TOWNSEND warned Pershore Town to beware any complacency allowing them to be sucked into a relegation battle.

The Town boss is confident his reshaped squad is good enough to be mid-table in Midland League Division One, but accepts their current position in 16th spot is ‘precarious’.

They have the chance, however, to take important strides away from the danger zone in the next week, with games at fellow strugglers Bolehall Swifts and Racing Club Warwick on Saturday and Tuesday respectively.

Townsend admits it has been frustrating to have such a stop-start time because of a series of postponements, including Saturday’s home match against Pelsall Villa, but now they need to build some positive momentum.

“Football is always measured by results and at the moment when you look at the table our position is precarious,” said Townsend.

“It would be easy to be dragged into the bottom two or three and I don’t want us to be complacent. I’m still hopeful we can finish in mid-table. We’ve got the players to do that but we need to go on a run.”

The matches against bottom of the table Bolehall – who Town beat 4-1 in Townsend’s first game in charge – and 14th-placed Racing Club Warwick offer the opportunity to do so, with only the unavailable Jacob Snape missing from Pershore’s squad.

Townsend believes he has got the strongest squad since he took over in November, with recent signings Joe Adams, Brett McGilligan and Gareth Evans now fit.

Townsend says any immediate tinkering will now be on hold as he looks to build with the current group.

“From my point of view, the squad I had last week was the strongest I’ve had so far and that’s why it was disappointing to have the game called off,” said the Town boss.

“They say you judge any team by the strength of the bench and last week the bench was really strong.”

Townsend admits the close-season will be busier as several would-be targets hinted they will be more keen to consider a move in the summer.

“I’ve certainly got the players now to work with. As a manager you’re always looking for players but there’s no point signing players for the sake of it.

“I’ve spoken to a number of players who have said they will come for pre-season but they don’t want to uproot at this stage of the season.”

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