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Townsend is weighing up future as Pershore Town manager

Evesham Editorial 3rd May, 2018 Updated: 5th May, 2018

QUENTIN TOWNSEND admits there is a question mark over whether he will be Pershore Town manager next season.

Townsend, who has been boss for two-and-a-half years, was due to have talks with chairman Daniel Parvin last night (Thursday) to discuss future plans.

Townsend wants reassurances the Midland League Division One club wants to push on in what is an increasingly competitive league, both financially and on the pitch.

“I’ve got a meeting with the chairman to chat about next season and see what the plan is.

“It’s very hard to compete at this level and I need to know what the club plans in terms of expenses for next season.

“We’ve made progress in some areas, struggled in others this season, so it’s a question of looking how we can go forward. There a few things to consider.

“There are also a few rumours we could be switched across to the West Midlands League so we just need to see what might happen and how we deal with things.”

Pershore had looked on course for a top-half position after a positive run after Christmas but a dip in the final month has left them likely to finish 18th or 19th, albeit well clear of the drop zone.

On Saturday, they went down 3-2 to visitors Heath Hayes, with Charlie Ntamark on target twice, and then they ended the season with a 4-3 defeat at Studley on Tuesday night.

Pershore had led 3-1 at one stage, with Ntamark adding two more goals to finish as top scorer with 11 goals, and Alfie Bloomer also netted, but the loss at the Beehive meant a six-match run without a win.

“It’s been a disappointing way to end the season,” said Townsend.

“On Saturday, I don’t know how we ended up losing when we were all over them. Then after leading 3-1 at Studley in what was a finely balanced game we weren’t able to see it through.

“The level of performance generally over the last few months has been good but we haven’t got the points from games when we have got ourselves into winning positions.

“We’ve slipped up too often against teams that have been around us or below us.”

At the weekend at the King George V Stadium, Regan Smith gave Heath Hayes the lead, only for Ntamark to level. The visitors regained the lead through Tony Alsopp just before the break but again Town levelled through Ntamark on 59 minutes.

However, within a minute Smith had pounced for the Heath Hayes winner to ensure they leapfrogged the hosts in the table.

On Tuesday, Pershore had been second best in the early stages at Studley, but a quickfire Ntamark double left the visitors 2-0 ahead at half-time.

Although Chris Cowley’s free-kick put Studley back in the contest early in the second half, Bloomer raced away to make it 3-1.

However, the Bees levelled through Eddie Wynne-Wilson’s free-kick and Lewis Clarke’s header before a Dan Dineen header from another set-piece settled the points on 74 minutes.


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