QUENTIN Townsend is convinced Littleton’s loss will be very much Pershore Town’s gain after signing Sean Cooke and Will Gayton.
Winger Cooke and central midfielder Gayton have followed Littleton hot-shot Jamie Clarke in switching Midland League Division One neighbours – much to the delight of Pershore manager Townsend.
“They were Littleton’s three best players so that’s good news for us and bad news for Littleton. I’m absolutely delighted Will and Sean have joined Jamie in coming to Pershore,” said Townsend.
“Will is very, very quick and that’s something we probably lacked last season,” said Townsend.
“Cookey is in his mid-20s but he is one of those players who seems to have been around for ages and his experience will be a big plus.
“With Jamie coming in, we’ll have more goals in the team as well.
“I’m pleased the vast majority of the squad from last season has stayed and we’ve added some extra quality. We’ve got a good mix.”
Townsend has also added to his ranks by signing former Bromsgrove Sporting keeper Shaun Edwards from Cradley Town, midfielder Dan Dineen from Studley and striker Aiden Clark from Worcester City.
Pershore have also been running the rule over several former Evesham United youth teamers and centre back Dom Elsnor, midfielder Will Stallard, left back James Broadrick and midfielder Chris Mallinson have all signed.
Townsend saw plenty of plusses despite going down to a 1-0 defeat at home to Evesham last Friday. Elliot Kennedy scored the only goal midway through the first half.
“Evesham played well early doors, but once we started to find our feet – which was to be expected with 11 or 12 new players in the squad – we more than matched them,” said Townsend. “We could easily have got a draw.”
Pershore visit Alcester Town tomorrow (Saturday, 2pm) for their second warm-up game.
However, Clarke will be given a week off. He has just returned from the Deaf World Cup, helping Great Britain to the quarter-finals, and takes a deserved break.
“With all his Deaf World Cup and Deaflympics football, Jamie hasn’t had a summer off for three seasons and we don’t want to burn him out,” said Townsend. “He is probably the fittest player we’ve got so a week off won’t be a problem.”
Pershore have added a friendly away to Hereford side Wellington as their final warm-up game on Tuesday, August 2.
Meanwhile, Pershore have been handed a home tie against West Midlands Regional League Premier Division side Bewdley Town in the first qualifying round of the FA Vase on September 10. The winners play Wolves Sporting.
Town have also revamped their Twitter link @PTFC88 to keep fans up to date.