FOOTBALL: Promotion is the ambition in a tough season for Evesham United

Paul Collicutt’s Evesham United are still looking to finish in the play-offs after a tough start to the Southern League Division One South.

Evesham currently sit ninth after 12 games, they haven’t won in seven in the league after a start which saw them go five games unbeaten.

Manager Paul Collicutt insisted that promotion is still his aim for the club, after missing out last season losing in the play offs, but admits that the league is very open this year and it will be tough to reach the top.

He said: “There are 15-20 teams at the minute who have an eye on finishing in the play offs, the league is the most open its been in my time at Evesham.

“The ambition for us is we’re looking for promotion, we’re no different to any other teams in that. You want to play as good as you can, score goals and keep clean sheets and if you can do that you can win games of football.”

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After losing 2-0 to Cirencester on Saturday, Collicutt is looking to bounce back with a win against Winchester Town on Tuesday night.

Winchester sit 14th in the table but Collicutt knows it will be a tough test to beat the side on their home turf.

He said: ” We go to Winchester in a positive frame of mind, we know we need to get a result.

“They’re very difficult to beat on their own patch, I think they beat Cirencester on their pitch earlier in the season, so it’ll be tough.

“I’m pleased we have a game quickly after Saturday, where there was a lot of room for improvement.

“Results are the big thing now and we’ve got to be as positive as we can starting with Winchester. The best cure for us at the moment is to go and win a game of football, we need that badly.”

After finishing fourth last season the Evesham boss spoke of how open the league has been this time around. The table is very open with the top 11 sides separated by just ten points.

“We’ve had the likes of Merthyr in the league, Hereford and then last season Taunton and Salisbury, but now they’ve gone the league is left very open.

“Having started the season the way we have, winning five early on, then all of a sudden we have a few injuries and suspensions and the continuity in the squad has been knocked.”

Evesham will welcome the return of Steve Davies, Liam Harding and Kai Simpson, who are back in contention after a spell out.

Collicutt will be hoping his side can return to winning ways after a poor run of form lately, and look to push up the table.


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