QUENTIN TOWNSEND is determined not to let the exit of Pawel Tomczak distract Pershore Town from their ‘must-win’ assignment against Coventry Alvis on Saturday.
Striker Tomczak has decided to join former club Coventry Sphinx, who are among the Premier Division title-chasers, and boss Townsend fully accepts his reasoning.
But Pershore’s priority is to end an 11-game run without a win and Townsend says the clash with basement side Alvis at the King George V Stadium is an opportunity to kickstart their season.
Alvis have lost 13 out of 15 Midland League Division One games and a positive second half display in Tuesday night’s 3-0 home defeat to Atherstone, combined with a 1-1 draw at Brocton on Saturday, leaves Townsend confident his side can deal with the challenge.
“It’s a potential banana skin in some ways because no team wants to lose to the bottom team but it’s also a perfect opportunity to kickstart our season,” said Townsend.
“The confidence is there in the lads. The pleasing thing is that we are getting players back and last week’s game at Brocton was the first time in a while I had most of the players available.
“It was a game we could have won and had chances to do so. You need to be ruthless when you create the opportunities.”
Tomczak headed home a cross for his fifth goal of the season at Brocton but Townsend has urged his team need to be better with their crosses from dangerous positions to give the strikers the best chance to finish.
The manager admitted he had to take responsibility for the 3-0 defeat to top four side Atherstone after being initially outfoxed in a tactical battle.
Rather than playing a regular four at the back, the Adders switched to 3-5-2 and they dominated to open a 3-0 half time lead after Alex Naughton completed a hat-trick.
Pershore did not help their cause by giving away two penalties, with Aaron Xavier and Steve Webb the guilty men.
“After we made a change in formation at half time we had the lion’s share of the game. I wished I’d started with that formation because I failed miserably in not changing quickly enough at the start of the game,” said the manager.
“The second half was 100 per cent better and we can take that into the Alvis game.”
The Adders game proved to be the final match in Pershore colours for Tomzcak, who has agreed a move to Sphinx and his former boss Lee Knibbs.
Townsend explained the one-time Solihull Moors forward lives in Derby and had been travelling nearly two hours each way to play for Pershore.
“Pav has been great for us – his commitment has been first class,” said the manager. “But Coventry is a lot closer and it’s also the chance to play at a league above. He goes with my best wishes but I’ve said that if he wants to come back the door will always be open.”
On Tuesday, Pershore travel to Boldmere to play Paget Rangers (7.30pm).