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Jones backs his men to deliver the goods

Malvern Editorial 9th Jan, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

MANAGER Les Jones believes his Malvern Town side are capable of putting a long stretch of victories together in the second half of the season.

Town start 2015 in sixth position in the West Midlands Regional League thanks to a strong start to the campaign which saw them win five out of the first seven games.

Jones said he had been delighted with the attitude of his squad this season as they had suffered a number of injury setbacks.

But he insisted they were also guilty of not taking their chances and urged his players to put this right as they look to finish in the top five.

“The most pleasing thing for me has been the attitude of the guys,” he said. “We have had some really bad injuries this season to three key players, but we have still been able to produce good performances.

“As we have got a stronger squad people have had to settle for being on the bench, but they have showed great attitude to accept that decision and then come back stronger when selected.

“On New Year’s Day we were without six first team players and still outplayed the top of the table team. We did not get the right result as they scored two goals on the break, but the performance of the lads was tremendous.

“We are in a good position, but I still think we are ten to 15 points below what we should have got for our performances. Our target has always been top five or six so we are on course for that, but we have got to turn those draws into wins and up our performance levels to make sure we end up where we want to be.”

Jones said his players were desperate to return to action this weekend when they take on  Wellington Amateurs as Town’s first match of 2015 against Wolverhampton Sporting Community was called off due to a waterlogged pitch.

“It was frustrating that we were unable to play last week against the bottom of the league which could have given us a great start to the year,” he added.

“We have now got a tough away game against Wellington as they have got a good home record, so we have just got to go there and show everyone what we are all about this year and start to put a run of wins together, which I am confident we can do.”

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