MALVERN Town’s wide man Lewis Platt has hailed the club’s impressive start to the new West Midlands (Regional) League Premier Division season and feels the Hillsiders are the team to beat this year.
Despite bowing out of the FA Cup at the start of August with a disappointing 2-1 defeat to Rocester, Malvern have got their league campaign off to the perfect start, winning three out three – scoring 13 goals and yet to concede.
And Malvern will look to continue their 100 per cent start on Wednesday night when they welcome Bewdley Town to the HDAnywhere Community Stadium (7.45pm KO).
Les Jones’ side start the week fourth in the table and, including their great run at the end of last season, have now won their last 13 league outings on the bounce – an incredible run of form dating back to March 19.
And for left-sided winger Platt, who scored in the emphatic 5-0 victory over Pegasus Juniors last Wednesday, he believes this year Malvern have the capabilities to secure promotion to the Midland League Premier Division.
“We could not have asked for a better start and I believe we are the team to beat this year,” the 20-year-old said.
“People will be looking at the league table and seeing that ourselves and the likes of Wolverhampton Sporting Community are in the same category going for the title.
“Everyone will be upping their game to try and stop us but we have to just take it one game at a time and not get too far ahead of ourselves.
“I can’t see any reason as to why we can’t get promoted as this squad is capable of doing that but our minds are firmly focused on one game at a time.”
Platt admitted he will not be the main source of goals this season but told the Observer he is fully focused on giving 100 per cent each game and providing goalscoring opportunities for Malvern’s front-men Luke Corbett and Dave Reynolds.
“Last season we hurt so many teams from wide areas as our wing-play put defences under a lot of pressure,” he added.
“I know I’m not going to be finding the back of the net often this season but I’ll just keep doing what I’m doing and creating chances for our strikers.”
Platt, left back Harry Wickett and substitute goalkeeper Aaron Thomasson are away on holiday while midfielder Bryan Craven is expected to return to first team action after playing for the reserves on Saturday.
Nathan Hughes and Aaron Richards both face late fitness tests with ankle injury concerns.