PERSHORE Town boss Les Jones says his side will relish the chance to prove why they are one of the form sides in the West Midlands League Premier Division when they face the ‘best team in the league’.
Town’s push towards completing their own Great Escape continued with two crushing wins, smashing 12 goals in the process. A 7-1 away victory at fellow strugglers Shawbury United was followed by a 5-0 home success against Black Country Rangers as Pershore climbed into 15th position.
However, Jones admits the Plums will need to raise their game again to face the title favourites when Shropshire side Haughmond, who lie second with a game in hand to overhaul leaders Tividale, visit the Community Stadium on Saturday.
“I think Haughmond are the best team in the league so we can expect a really tough game,” said Jones. “But if you look at the current form, over the last six games, we are sixth so we are playing with confidence. We will have to be at our very best on Saturday but it’s a free hit for us.
“I always believed we were building a team that I thought we would be good enough to climb the table and now we’re starting to show that. We’ve got a decent side together.
“We’ve had two great results in the last week and it’s given us a little bit of breathing space but we need to keep pushing.”
Having extended their unbeaten run to five matches, Pershore end the season with four more home games. Following Saturday’s match with Haughmond, there are fixtures against Bilston Town Community, Wolves Casuals and Wem Town.
Jones will hope the goals will continue to flow after Pershore’s strikers provided some devastating finish in the last week.
Matt Pinder bagged a hat-trick to lead the rout at Shawbury, with Sam Clark, Nick Seabourne, James Baldwin and newcomer Max Farriday on target. Farriday was making his debut, having been spotted with Sunday side Fladbury.
Baldwin (2), Seabourne and Pinder were again on target against visitors Black Country on Tuesday, with Zaq Hussain also netting.
Injuries mean Jonathan King, Andy Pawson and Dave Wilson miss the clash with Haughmond, while Ryan Pugh is away.
Meanwhile, Pershore aim to build a structure through the age groups after introducing an under 18s floodlit side for next season.
The club has appointed John Oliver as boss of the squad which will apply to play in the Midland Floodlit Youth League.
Jones says having a joined-up structure throughout the club into the first team will be vital to long-term progress.
“For the past few years, Pershore have had one senior team but there was no supply of players coming through so every time there were injuries they had to look to bring in new signings,” said Jones. “Ideally we want to have a structure through the age groups so players can come through together into the first team.
“We’re a community club and we want to be able to develop our players through the ranks.”