22nd Sep, 2020

Tough tests in store

Evesham Editorial 5th Dec, 2019

LES Jones has no doubts Pershore Town’s improving form will face its toughest test in the next few weeks, but he believes his players will relish the challenge.

Saturday’s 3-0 win at home to Dudley Sports, courtesy of Matt Pinder’s second successive hat-trick, made it three wins in a row for the Plums and left them in seventh place in the West Midlands League Premier Division.

The four final games in 2019 will pit Pershore against teams in and around them who are all currently separated by just three points.

The sequence starts with a trip to fifth-placed Darlaston Town on Saturday, then continues at home to third-placed Wolverhampton Casuals next Saturday followed by eighth-placed Dudley Town away (December 21) and Littleton, currently ninth, at home (December 28).

“We’ve got some really tough games coming up until the new year so we know a big challenge lies ahead,” said Jones.

“But our aim is to push for the promotion places going into 2020. We’ve started a good run but we know we need to keep it going.”

Pershore, though, will have to tinker with the line-up against Darlaston who drew 1-1 at the AIM Community Stadium on the opening day of the season.

Midfielders Luke Gaffney and Dan Tustin plus striker Jamie Clarke are missing, while Shaun Griffiths could be ruled as his wife is due to give birth. Long-term casualty Tom Harding is also absent but Jones is optimistic Dane Aldington will be fit after his injury.

Jones says he has been delighted to see Pinder get back among the goals after the striker had a stop-start to the season. Nick Seabourne’s departure to Racing Club Warwick presented the opportunity to slot in but the manager says a switch is formations has also helped.

“We’ve been playing one up front and Matt is much more suited to two up front and we’ve got that option now with Jamie Clarke, James Baldwin and Anthony Smith,” added Jones.

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