QUENTIN TOWNSEND revealed hot-shot Jamie Clarke has apologised to his team-mates for the red card which is set to end his Pershore Town career.
Striker Clarke faces a three-match ban after being sent off for dissent in the midweek 3-1 defeat at home to Cadbury Athletic.
With Clarke away for the next game away to Littleton on Bank Holiday Monday, the suspension will then kick in and manager Townsend expects last season’s top scorer will not be available again before he heads to the USA.
Clarke’s return was always only on a temporary basis before he moves to live in Florida but he has netted five goals in five matches so far this season.
“I’m pretty sure Jamie won’t be able to play for us again before he moves to America,” said Townsend. “He got a straight red and he will miss three games which is likely to take him to his departure to the US.
“It’s a shame if it ends like that.
“He has apologised to me and the lads after Tuesday’s game. It was in the heat of the moment but it meant we ended with nine men after having Steve Walker sent off.
“The referee didn’t have the best of games and Jamie was frustrated after a decision went against him but he knows he was out of order.”
It has been a roller-coaster start to the Midland League Division One season for Pershore with two wins and three defeats. Town swept aside visitors Uttoxeter Town 3-0 on Saturday, with Clarke netting twice and Joe Bevan also on target, before the defeat to Cadbury.
“We controlled the game against Uttoxeter from start to finish,” said Townsend. “They didn’t know what had hit them.
“That’s the level we need to reproduce. It showed what we can do when it comes together and we want more performances like that.
“We’ve shown we can score goals but the one worry is we have conceded as well. The goals against record was one of our strengths last season.
“But we have had to chop and change and I’m looking forward to getting a settled side.”
Clarke’s impending departure had already focused Townsend’s search for an additional striker, while the options have also been reduced after summer signing Danny Moy suffered an Achilles injury in the 5-1 Smedley Crooke Memorial Charity Cup home win against Tenbury United last week.
Townsend added: “There are two or three names I’m looking at and hopefully we will be able to conclude a signing in the next few days.”
Town will now visit Leicester Road on Saturday, September 2, because scheduled opponents Hinckley AFC are involved in the FA Cup.