QUENTIN TOWNSEND praised hot-shot Gareth Evans as a striking example of how Pershore Town have been transformed from strugglers to top ten contenders.
Two goals from striker Evans – taking his tally to five in five appearances – helped Pershore claim a third win in a row as they defeated hosts Coventry Copsewood 2-0 on Saturday.
The sequence has left Townsend’s men looking up the Midland League Division One table, rather than over the shoulders at a relegation dogfight, and they will relish the chance to measure their revival against top four side Lichfield City at the 2020SolarPV Stadium on Saturday.
“It’s been a fantastic few weeks for us, with three wins on the bounce, three clean sheets and looking like we’ve got goals in the team,” said Townsend.
“Gareth has got five in five now and his workrate epitomises what we’ve been doing as a team. He is the perfect striker for the way we play.
“I’ve always seen him as a player alongside another striker in a 4-4-2 but we’ve playing him up front on his own. The lads have said he had made a big difference and he is full of confidence.
“He may be the 25-goal-a-season striker that every manager wants.”
Townsend also hailed a rock-solid defence, led by keeper Andy Yarnold and skipper and centre back Shaun Griffiths.
The back line needed to be on the ball at Copsewood as the hosts dominated possession, but the Pershore boss felt his team snuffed out any danger.
“Copsewood probably had 75 per cent of the ball, without really hurting us,” said Townsend. “I didn’t really feel they would get an equaliser after we took the lead and then we got a second late on.
“We were resilient, we pressed them and won the ball. We played well right across the team.
“Now we’re heading into a run of games against the league’s top teams, starting with Lichfield on Saturday, and it will be a good test of how we’re progressing.
“We’ve also got Hinckley and Bromsgrove coming up so maybe we can take one or two scalps.”
Townsend is expected to select his team from an unchanged squad.