LES JONES hopes Pershore Town’s midweek victory will prove they can cope with the exit of goal-getter Nick Seabourne.
Seabourne bagged his fifth goal in five games on Saturday in Pershore’s 3-3 draw at Bilston Town which brought them only their sixth point of the West Midlands League Premier Division, but then departed to join Coleshill Town.
Manager Jones said he accepted the chance to move up to Step Four with the Southern League Division One Central team was too good for former Droitwich hot-shot Seabourne to dismiss.
Jones was delighted to see the goals flow on Tuesday night with a 4-0 home win against Continental Star in the Smedley Crooke Memorial Charity Cup, with Jake Churchill netting twice and Tom Leonard and Sam Clarke also scoring.
It was the first win in 90 minutes since Jones and assistant Derek Doyle took over last month and they are hopeful it can be the spark to push them up the table. They entertain Cradley Town on Saturday and then face Wolves Casuals in the League Cup on Tuesday.
Seabourne had rejected approaches by Malvern and Coventry Sphinx but the chance to move up three levels to Coleshill was too tempting.
“We wish Nick all the best, he’s a smashing lad and we’ve been pleased to have him with us, albeit for a short spell,” said Jones.
“He has scored five goals in five games and now he has had an offer that’s too good for him to refuse.
“The pleasing thing was we managed to get a few goals on Tuesday and, as well as keeping a clean sheet, that has given everybody that little boost of confidence.
“We need to improve and our job is to keep strengthening the squad. Tuesday’s result got a monkey off our back in terms of getting that win but now we need to go and get a result on Saturday and Tuesday.”
Jones felt his side could easily have had the victory at Bilston when they lead 2-0 and then 3-2 with two goals from Ryan Pugh and one from Seabourne, only for a disputed equaliser goal with a claim of handball.
“The Bilston lad could have been playing basketball, it was that obvious, but the only person in the ground not to see it was the referee,” said Jones. “You don’t get the decisions when you’re struggling at the bottom of the table.”
Callum Parker, who has been out for two weeks, is a doubt for the Cradley game.