19th Sep, 2020

Jones says Pershore must build on momentum

Evesham Editorial 30th Jan, 2020

LES JONES has challenged Pershore Town to use their encouraging start to 2020 as the catalyst to storm into the West Midlands League Premier Division top four.

Momentum, says the Plums boss, is key and Saturday’s 3-2 win at Wem Town meant they have chalked up three victories in the last five fixtures.

Eighth-placed Pershore will look to improve the record on Saturday when Smethwick Rangers visit the Community Stadium.

“It’s about building momentum as we go into the final three months of the season,” said Jones.

“In the last past five matches, we’ve won three, drawn one and lost to the leaders Shifnal after going down to ten men. The momentum is starting to come.

“We’ve got some tough games left but so has everybody else. All we can do is keep winning our games.

“I’m really pleased with the squad we’ve got. We are not desperate for more players, although if we could add some more firepower we would like that. You always keep looking but anybody who comes in would have to be better than what we’ve got.”

Only four more teams in the division have scored more than the Plums, who have netted 14 times in the last five games.

Last weekend, Wem struck the first goal but Pershore bounced back to level when Dan Nokes got on the end of a set-piece.

An excellent solo effort from James Baldwin and far-post finish from Dane Aldington pushed Town 3-1 ahead, although there were some anxious moments late on when Wem pulled a goal back. Dan Cohen and Andre James netted for Wem.

Jones felt the two-hour trek to Wem meant Pershore started slowly but he was pleased to see the response as they dominated the second half.

“It was a disrupted journey, what with different things and players arriving at different times. That affected the start of the game,” said Jones.

“But we started to pass the ball better in the second half and controlled the game until they got a goal back and made it a bit hairy in the final few minutes.”

Tuesday’s scheduled home game with Wolverhampton Casuals fell victim to the weather and Jones is hopeful a better forecast will mean the pitch will be playable on Saturday.

The midweek postponement, however, will have a knock-on effect, with Tom Harding unable to complete his ban so he will miss out against Smethwick.

However, striker Jamie Clarke will be back after being unavailable for the past few weeks.LES JONES has challenged Pershore Town to use their encouraging start to 2020 as the catalyst to storm into the West Midlands League Premier Division top four.

Momentum, says the Plums boss, is key and Saturday’s 3-2 win at Wem Town meant they have chalked up three victories in the last five fixtures.

Eighth-placed Pershore will look to improve the record on Saturday when Smethwick Rangers visit the Community Stadium.

“It’s about building momentum as we go into the final three months of the season,” said Jones.

“In the last past five matches, we’ve won three, drawn one and lost to the leaders Shifnal after going down to ten men. The momentum is starting to come.

“We’ve got some tough games left but so has everybody else. All we can do is keep winning our games.

“I’m really pleased with the squad we’ve got. We are not desperate for more players, although if we could add some more firepower we would like that. You always keep looking but anybody who comes in would have to be better than what we’ve got.”

Only four more teams in the division have scored more than the Plums, who have netted 14 times in the last five games.

Last weekend, Wem struck the first goal but Pershore bounced back to level when Dan Nokes got on the end of a set-piece.

An excellent solo effort from James Baldwin and far-post finish from Dane Aldington pushed Town 3-1 ahead, although there were some anxious moments late on when Wem pulled a goal back. Dan Cohen and Andre James netted for Wem.

Jones felt the two-hour trek to Wem meant Pershore started slowly but he was pleased to see the response as they dominated the second half.

“It was a disrupted journey, what with different things and players arriving at different times. That affected the start of the game,” said Jones.

“But we started to pass the ball better in the second half and controlled the game until they got a goal back and made it a bit hairy in the final few minutes.”

Tuesday’s scheduled home game with Wolverhampton Casuals fell victim to the weather and Jones is hopeful a better forecast will mean the pitch will be playable on Saturday.

The midweek postponement, however, will have a knock-on effect, with Tom Harding unable to complete his ban so he will miss out against Smethwick.

However, striker Jamie Clarke will be back after being unavailable for the past few weeks.

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