LES JONES wants to see Pershore Town maintain their unbeaten run until the end of the season to prove they can challenge for honours next season.
Pershore extended their undefeated run to seven matches with a 4-0 home win against Bilston Town Community – a run of form which is second only to Wednesfield in the West Midlands League Premier Division.
Despite a remarkable sequence which has pushed Jones’ side from second bottom to 14th place, Pershore still need four points from their remaining two games of the campaign to be mathematically safe.
On Saturday, they face top three side Wolverhampton Casuals at the Community Stadium and then end the season at home to Wem Town, who are also fighting to stay in the league, on April 20.
“If I’m honest, I think we are all but safe,” said manager Jones. “Five or six teams will have to have fantastic runs to catch us.
“It’s quite frustrating that we are not mathematically safe. I can’t believe that with the run we’ve had but it just means we can’t ease up.
“We want to finish the season unbeaten. We need to continue this run and if we do that we will be safe.”
Pershore were in devastating form against Bilston, racing into a 4-0 lead at half-time. Dane Aldington converted twice from set-pieces and Matt Pinder, scoring for the fourth game in a row, and Sam Clark added to the tally.
The Plums have now scored four times or more in four of their last six games and Jones says the players are playing with a huge smile on their faces.
He is keen to ensure that continues next season.
“We want to keep this squad together and add a couple of players and be stronger to push for the top,” said Jones. “We want to push on and challenge.
“I’m sure other clubs will look at our players but we want to show we’re ambitious. The players are enjoying their football and that’s a big plus.
“As a manager you want to create a winning environment and that’s easier when the players are enjoying their football.”
Pershore hope to have midfielder James Baldwin in contention on Saturday against Wolves Casuals, although Andy Pawson and Ryan Reeves remain injured.
It will Cassies’ last game of the season and their victory against Malvern Town, who occupy fourth, has put them in a strong position to finish third behind top two Tividale and Haughmond.