PERSHORE Town continued the summer revamp with three new signings but manager Quentin Townsend admitted it will take time to see the best of the new squad.
Town opened their pre-season programme with a 2-1 defeat at Alcester Town on Saturday and Townsend admitted it was a learning curve.
They now face three warm-up games in a week – entertaining Barnt Green Spartak tomorrow (Saturday), Malvern Town on Tuesday and Droitwich Spa next Saturday.
Townsend says the more game time his squad gets the quicker they will settle.
“The Alcester game was a bit of a learning curve,” he said. “On paper, we’ve put together a cracking team but they’ve only been playing together for a week.
“These things take time, to get that cohesion, that understanding.”
Pershore have continued to add to their ranks by signing former Worcester City U21s forward Aidan Clark, defender Glen Sitch from Bishops Cleeve and former Southam United midfielder Luke Church.
Clark is regarded as being raw, but Townsend is confident being able to work with coach Kim Casey, one of non-league’s greatest ever forwards, will help him blossom.
“He has got potential, he has got good feet and he has got something about him,” said Townsend. “He is still raw but hopefully he can work and learn from Kim.”
Church, a central midfielder, was with Townsend at Southam but he is on the recovery trail after a cruciate ligament injury. He is back training, but still awaiting the all-clear from the specialists to start full contact training.
Townsend, however, is hopeful he will be in contention come September.
To add to Pershore’s building process, the Town manager also confirmed Gaz Evans, Kallum Powell, James Walker, Dane Aldington, Oliver Casey and Steve Webb had committed themselves to the club for next season.
Powell, who netted a hat-trick on his debut at the end of last season, was on target against Alcester and impressed Townsend.
“Kallum has come back and looked really sharp,” he said. “He seems to have grown up a little bit.”
Walker, however, has not been so fortunate. The centre back dislocated his shoulder at work during the week and looks set to miss the next few friendlies.