Keeper’s return is a big boost for Pershore Town - The Evesham Observer

Keeper’s return is a big boost for Pershore Town

Evesham Editorial 17th Nov, 2016 Updated: 17th Nov, 2016   0

QUENTIN TOWNSEND reckons he has righted a wrong after bringing goalkeeper Sean Edwards back to Pershore Town.

Edwards departed in September and linked up with Studley when Town snapped up Tom Cross from Hinckley AFC as their number one.

Town manager Townsend admitted he was uncomfortable with letting Edwards go but now, with Cross ruled out for the rest of the season because of a serious foot problem, Edwards has returned.

“It was probably a mistake on my part when Sean left but I phoned him up to say sorry,” said Townsend. “He was more than happy to come back.

“It’s been tough for him at Studley because they have been struggling and conceded a few goals. But he has been Studley’s man of the match in six of the eight games he’s played in so he’s in good form.

“Tom has had to write off the season now. He’s been struggling with his foot and has only been able to play 60 per cent. Now it’s been diagnosed as tendonitis and he has been told to rest.”

Edwards will be ready to return on Saturday when Pershore head to Kings Norton to play Cadbury Athletic.

Pershore’s five-match unbeaten league run has pushed them within one point of Cadbury and both teams lie three points off the top ten in Midland League Division One.

Townsend wants a positive response after describing last week’s Smedley Crooke Memorial Charity Cup 2-0 defeat at lower league Barnt Green Spartak as “one of the lowest points of the season”.

“I thought it was a competition we could have gone on in and I sent out a strong team but we just didn’t turn up,” said Townsend.

“Whether we thought that playing a team from a lower league we could just turn up and win I don’t know but, whatever the reason, it was a hugely disappointing result.

“There was only one player to come out of the game with any credit and that was Will Stallard. He is learning all the time and he has opened my eyes to his potential.

“Hopefully the result was just a blip because we’ve had a good run. We need to bounce back on Saturday.”

Meanwhile, veteran midfielder Danny Scheppel will be concentrating on his role as assistant boss after deciding to hang up his boots.

The former Bromsgrove, Redditch and Evesham player, who joined earlier in the season, has announced his retirement from playing and his focus will be on coaching.

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