LES JONES hopes striker Nick Seabourne’s decision to reject a move to Coventry Sphinx will send a positive message that Pershore Town will turn around their fortunes.
The Plums’ rebuilding has continued this week with the arrival of youngsters Jake Churchill and Ben Jackson, who both played under Jones at Malvern.
The boss hopes Seabourne’s decision to turn down Midland League Premier Sphinx will also boost their push to start climbing the West Midlands League Premier Division table.
Jones sees the former Droitwich hot-shot, who has joined on a dual registration from Highgate United, as a key figure in a rebuilt line-up.
“When anyone scores goals on a regular basis there will be interest,” said Jones. “I hope Nick will stay to be part of the project we’ve started to turn Pershore Town around and become a top side in the league.
“That’s our intentions. Of course, if the right opportunity came along, I would wish him well but I hope he will stay.”
Seabourne was cup-tied in midweek as Pershore bowed out of the Worcestershire Senior Urn to Worcester City. Two goals from Kyonn Evans settled the tie at the King George V Stadium but Jones pointed to the positives in the performance, especially after a 6-0 defeat at title-chasing Tividale on Saturday.
“We put in a big battling display and I was delighted with the players,” said Jones. “It’s only been two-and-a-half weeks since we came to the club and we haven’t been able to have a proper training session yet because the games have come thick and fast.
“We’re only in the first phase of four phases so there’s a lot to be done but we are making progress.
“The morale is good and they came off the pitch on Tuesday having put in a good performance and shown plenty of positives.”
Seabourne can return for the trip to Bewdley Town on Saturday, while newcomers Churchill, a midfielder or full-back, and Jackson will be available for their debuts.
“Jake is a combative player, in midfield or at full-back, and Ben is a fine young player,” said Jones. “They played for me before at Malvern. They are young players and for young players it’s always a question of being consistent but they have plenty of potential.”
EVESHAM United resume their Southern League Division One South campaign at Moneyfields on Saturday.
The Robins go into the match in Hampshire in fifth place, but have not won for five matches in all competitions.
Revenge will be on the minds of Paul Collicutt’s men having suffered a 5-1 drubbing against Moneyfields in the FA Trophy at the Jubilee in September.