23rd Jul, 2018

Pershore Town boss: New recruits give greater options

Evesham Editorial 11th Jan, 2018

PERSHORE Town manager Quentin Townsend admits he would hate having to mark Charlie Anagho-Ntamark after the striker enjoyed a goalscoring return to the club.

Anagho-Ntamark was one of four new signings as Pershore drew 1-1 at Nuneaton Griff in Midland League Division One on Saturday, with Anagho-Ntamark firing Town ahead after rejoining from Midland Premier Boldmere St Michaels.

Jack Downing, top scorer with AFC Telford United’s youth team, and Worcester City pair Hamilton Chiwara, a holding midfielder, and Emils Fedotov, a forward who was with Ellesmere and Shawbury, have all joined on a month’s loan.

Townsend admits the chance to bolster his squad as they look to push for the top half of the table was too good to turn down and he was particularly pleased to have Anagho-Ntamark back in the fray.

“Charlie took the chance to play in the Premier Division but he hadn’t started in five games for Boldmere and I said he should come back and finish what he started with us,” said Townsend. “He was starting to find his feet with us when Boldmere came in for him.

“He showed just what he could do against Nuneaton. He was a constant threat. He is the type of striker I would hate to mark. He is so strong, you can’t get the ball off him.

“He holds the ball up well and with the pace we’ve got in the side we have got a real goal threat.

“Jack has scored 17 goals in the Telford youth team and he’s another player with an eye for goal and, with Alfie Bloomer’s pace as well, we can trouble any defence in our league.”

The additions reflect Townsend’s links with Worcester and a new tie-up with Telford’s youth set-up.

Pershore had been keen to add to their ranks with Kyle Turner having to put football on the back-burner for a couple of weeks to focus on work commitments with his engineering qualifications.

Town have been steadily climbing the table, with one defeat in six league matches, but they face a test of their improving form when they head to top ten side Lichfield City on Saturday. Lichfield have appointed former Heath Hayes boss Jay Hawkins as their new manager,

“It’s going to be a good test of where we are,” said Townsend. “Apart fom the blip against Racing Club Warwick on Boxing Day, we’ve been pretty consistent in the last month or so. The players can see there’s plenty of competition for places and that’s a positive for any manager.

“We’re edging closer to mid-table and we want to continue that progression.”

Townsend felt Pershore should have secured victory at Griff, but ultimately the hosts could have snatched a winner after storming back in the final 15 minutes.

“It felt like it was two points dropped but I’m happy with any point away from home,” said the boss.

“We were well on top for 75 minutes and their keeper made some good saves but then in the last 15 minutes Griff squandered a few chances and we could have lost.”

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