6th Dec, 2016

Townsend calls for more after Pershore Town get off the mark

Evesham Editorial 25th Aug, 2016 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

QUENTIN TOWNSEND says Pershore Town’s first win of the season has only convinced him they need to keep raising their standards.

The Pershore manager was delighted to chalk up a 2-0 win against former club Southam United on Tuesday at the King George V Stadium to bounce back from back-to-back defeats and move off the foot of the Midland League Division One table.

Two goals from Jamie Clarke sealed the win but the biggest plus for Townsend was being able to name his strongest team for the first time.

However, he stressed they need to build on the win, especially with a trip to Atherstone Town looming tomorrow (Saturday) and then a home game with early-season surprise package Racing Club Warwick on Monday (3pm).

“It was good to get that monkey off our backs by winning our first game of the season,” said Townsend. “Now we need to kick on and push up the table.

“We dominated the game from start to finish and it could have been four or five. I don’t want to be harsh on my old club but I think they will struggle massively and we know we can do better.

“Tuesday was the first time we’ve had all the lads able to play together.

“We played well and keeping a clean sheet was a big plus for me and Jamie’s two goals have put him at the top of the goalscoring charts. There were a lot of positives to come out of the game.

“We created a lot of chances but we squandered a few. Being greedy, we need to take those chances when they come along.”

Townsend is set to stick with a winning team when Pershore head to Sheepy Road tomorrow, but he will forced into one change.

Ollie Casey has work commitments and is ruled out but he will be back to face Racing Club.

“Atherstone is always a tough place to go,” said Townsend. “They got beat 5-0 on Tuesday at Lichfield and that can work two ways.

“They could be a little shellshocked or they will have the bit between their teeth and will be out to put right their last result.

“Then on Monday we play Racing Club who have had a cracking start to the season to sit third in the table. They will be another test.”