PERSHORE Town manager Les Jones is working on plans A, B and C to prepare for the big kick-off.
Jones has been delighted with the Plums’ pre-season build-up, which continued with a 2-2 draw with Evesham United and then a 4-2 win against Tividale on Tuesday night.
Pershore face Bredon of the Gloucestershire Northern Senior League on Saturday (1.30pm) and then tackle Malvern visitors Welland on Tuesday (7.45pm) before they head into the opening fixture of the West Midlands League Premier Division at home to Darlaston Town on August 3.
Jones is aware he will have to shuffle his side to face Darlo due to injuries, holidays and suspensions so the next two friendlies will allow the opportunity to look at his options.
“I’ve already got an idea of the side for the first game of the season,” said Jones. “We know some of the players who have played in the friendlies won’t be available so we need to be aware of who might step in.
“The next two games will provide the chance to see how we can change things. Everything is geared towards August 3.
“It’s difficult sometimes when you get combinations in the team and then you have to change things. We’ve got plans in place and the players will know what they’re doing.”
Jones and No 2 Derek Doyle have been more than happy with how the squad has settled and performed in the warm-up games.
After drawing 2-2 with Evesham’s youngsters, two goals from Nick Seabourne and one apiece from Zaq Hussain and Tom Harding sealed a 4-2 win against last season’s West Midlands League champions Tividale in sweltering conditions.
Due to the red-hot weather, last night’s (Thursday) planned training session was cancelled but Jones has been pleased with how the squad has progressed.
“The squad is coming together nicely,” he added. “We’ve played teams from higher leagues and acquitted ourselves well. The only game we lost was after we made a whole raft of changes at half-time when we had been level so there have been a lot of good things.
“We’ve still got lots to work on. We’ve got two more games and two more training sessions before the first game and then we’ll see how we fare.”