QUENTIN Townsend admits he has been ‘trumped’ in his bid to bring Billy Garvey to Pershore Town.
The striker had agreed to join Pershore from Redditch Borough, only to have a change of heart when Town’s fellow Midland League Division One rivals Studley declared their interest.
Manager Townsend was philosophical about the U-turn and will look elsewhere to find additional resources to add to their firepower alongside Kyle Turner, Alfie Bloomer and Oli Manoochehri, but he accepts having to constantly tinker with the squad has been a theme.
“Unfortunately, I got trumped by Studley for Billy,” said Townsend. “Studley is on his doorstep and I couldn’t compete with what they could offer. That’s football. We move on.”
However, Townsend hopes the early-season rebuilding has now settled down as he looks forward to the busy Christmas programme. After the snow and ice meant Saturday’s clash at Heath Hayes and Tuesday’s trip to Heather St John’s were postponed, Pershore will have their fingers crossed the weather relents for the home game against Bolehall Swifts to go ahead on Saturday.
Town have put together a four-match unbeaten run in the league and want to continue the momentum and push towards mid-table.
“We’ve taken eight points from a possible 12 and that has given us a base to build on,” said Townsend.
“We’ve got a run of fixtures coming up against teams in and around us which we feel are winnable. We play Bolehall – weather permitting – and then Cadbury Athletic next Saturday before we’ve got a tough game against Racing Club Warwick on Boxing Day. They are having a great run but we are at home.
“I’ve had to rebuild the squad, but in the last six weeks or so you can see things are coming together. Now I feel we’ve got competition for pretty much every position.
“Unfortunately players do come and go. That’s true for every manager at this level. If players do well, then they get on to the radar of clubs higher up the leagues. That was the case with Pawel Tomzcak and Charlie Anagho-Ntamark when they moved to Coventry Sphinx and Boldmere.
“But I’m looking to keep a settled squad if I can.
“The couple of postponements have been frustrating. Any manager or player who says they are glad to have a break is lying unless they hate playing in the cold and the mud. All that happens is that you end up spending your Saturday doing the Christmas shopping.”