PERSHORE Town need to view the next two matches as a big chance to kick-start their climb up the West Midlands League Premier Division table, according to manager Les Jones.
The Plums, rooted at the foot of the table, slipped to an 11th defeat in 14 games in losing 2-0 at top-six side Bewdley Town last weekend but Jones again felt there were enough positives to build on.
The opportunity to do exactly that will come with a trip to Bilston Town Community on Saturday and then a home game against Cradley Town. Both teams are in the lower half of the table – Bilston lie 14th and Cradley 16th – and Jones says Pershore need to learn from the past few games and look for maximum points.
“We are improving, we’ve been competitive in the last few matches but we all know it’s about results,” said Jones.
“We’re at the start of a long process and we’ve had a run of games against four top sides in Uttoxeter, Black Country Rangers, Tividale, Worcester and then Bewdley.
“It’s been a case of two steps forward, one step back, but we need to look at the next two games to start a run.”
Pershore, who included new-boys Jack Churchill and Ben Jackson, had more than matched Bewdley last week at Ribbesford Meadow, only to concede direct from a corner just before half-time. Bewdley added a second late on as the Plums pushed for an equaliser.
The priority, say Jones and No 2 Derek Doyle, is to sharpen up the finishing after they conjured good opportunities to strike first at Bewdley.
“I think we have tightened up the defence considerably which is great but it seems we get punished for every mistake,” said Jones. “That’s what seems to happen when you’re at the bottom of the table. You don’t get the rub of the green.
“But we can help ourselves. We are creating chances but not enough with the possession we’ve had. We do need to show more quality in the final third. It’s a different game if you can score the first goal.”
Jones suggested Pershore are casting the net to add to their creative options to follow the capture of former Malvern duo Churchill and Jackson.
Recent signing Jimmy Halsall and Callum Parker will both face fitness tests before the trip to Bilston and are rated 50-50.