25th Sep, 2017

Boss Jones stresses Malvern Town will not get carried away after positive start

Craig Gibbons 22nd Aug, 2017

MALVERN Town manager Les Jones has warned his players not to get too carried away after winning their opening four West Midlands (Regional) League Premier Division fixtures.

After crashing out of the FA Cup in a 7-0 defeat at Wolverhampton Casuals at the start of the season, the Hillsiders have put that disappointment quickly to bed to get their league campaign off to a flying start.

Jones’ side enjoyed a 3-2 victory over newly-promoted Wednesfield at the HDAnywhere Community Stadium last Wednesday before securing a 4-0 victory at bogey side Dudley Sports on Saturday.

Jay Sauntson, Matt Turner, Kyonn Evans and Sean Smith got the goals in the Black Country to maintain Malvern’s 100 per cent winning record.

But Jones told the Observer Malvern’s good start means nothing at the moment.

“I’m delighted with how we’ve started but we cannot get carried away,” he said.

“You can’t tell exactly how well you are doing until about eight or nine games into the season.

“We’ve had some good wins on the road but now we have a run of homes games so it is important we capitalise on that.

“If we could be unbeaten by the end of August then I would be very happy.”

Malvern entertain local rivals Wellington tomorrow (Wednesday) before playing host to AFC Bridgnorth on Saturday in their final August fixture.

And Jones is expecting a tough encounter against Wellington who he feels will be title contenders this season.

“Wellington have got plenty of goals in them and have the league’s top scorer in Josh Hunt among their ranks,” he said.

“They have plenty of firepower and are a very hard-working side so we are going to have to perform better than we have done in our last four games to come away with a positive result.

“The players are not anywhere near performing at 100 per cent but that’s because the new signings are getting to know each other but things are progressing nicely.”

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