FOOTBALL - Pershore Town manager Janes praises supporters as major factor in semi-final win - The Evesham Observer
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15th Aug, 2022

FOOTBALL - Pershore Town manager Janes praises supporters as major factor in semi-final win

PERSHORE TOWN manager Danny Janes insists the club’s supporters were a “major factor” in the Plums stunning win that secured their place in the Worcestershire Senior Cup final.

More than 200 Pershore fans made the trip to Redditch United in midweek as the Plums secured a memorable 3-2 victory.

Pershore defied the three division gap between the two teams as goals from Josh Willis, Scott Hammond and Aidan Clark set up a final date with Worcester City in April.

And manager Janes was full of praise for the club’s boisterous away contingent and offered a massive thank you to everyone who travelled to the Trico Stadium.

Janes said: “The players were outstanding and the credit has to go to the players but I don’t think they would have reached those levels without the fans being there.

“The amount of ground covered, the focus levels, the setbacks, we really suffered in those first 25 minutes.

“Without those fans we would have never reached the levels we did last night, they were a major factor in the result.

“There was so much energy at the end of the game, to have 200 plus Pershore fans behind the one goal was just amazing.

“It was great to see the players run over to them and enjoy the moment, it’s such a proud moment for the club and for those fans.”

Having produced a stunning comeback to beat step three Bromsgrove Sporting in the quarter-finals, Janes admitted it was difficult to describe his emotions at full-time.

Janes added: “It’s hard to put into words, that’s the second time now that we’ve beaten a step three side.

“The Bromsgrove game was a shock in the way we came back with nine minutes to go but last night we really deserved it based on the performance.

“When we beat Bromsgrove we lost out first game as a management team at Pershore, it goes to show you can go from such a high to such a low in the same week.

“I’m sure the players won’t want to experience that again, the team talk on Saturday is easy.

“We’re in training on Wednesday, we’ll move on pretty quickly from this, we enjoyed it last night but we need to move on quickly now.”

And Janes hopes the club’s success on the pitch will attract more fans to home matches as he look to build a team the town can be proud of.

He said: “Long term we want to increase the crowd that we get at Pershore and bring the fans back to a club that they’re proud of where we’ve got local players playing and good ambassadors for the team.

“For them to see the success that we’re having, hopefully that will attract them to more games because they’re so important to the team.

“It’s great to have a good crowd at home games, we’ll travel in big numbers again to the final, it’s massive for the club building for next season to try and get those fans back at Pershore Town.

“We want them to be proud of their local team, there’s a lot of Pershore fans out there and we want them to come to as many games as possible.”

The final takes place on Tuesday, April 12 with kick-off at 7.45pm at Bromsgrove Sporting’s Victoria Ground.

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