9th Jul, 2020

Bees making new additions as the title race hots up

Redditch Editorial 27th Feb, 2020

TITLE-CHASING Studley are eyeing up moves for Pershore Town defender Dan Noke and Romulus midfielder Alex Tomkinson to ensure they are fully prepared for a growing fixture backlog.

The Bees have already added goalkeeper Conal Dowling from Alcester Town and joint-managers John Edwards and Wayne Bunn confirmed they are still keen to add to their squad for the Midland League Division One run-in.

The club, who sit third in the table, have filed seven-day approaches for Pershore’s ex-Studley and Malvern Town youth player Noke and Roms’ ex-Barwell and Worcester City player Tomkinson.

“We have heard good things about Dan Noke and centre-half is one position where if we had a couple on injuries we could be struggling,” said Edwards.

“We’ve also put in seven days for Alex Tomkinson who has been at Barwell and is now at Romulus.

“We’ve also signed Conal Dowling. He is a quality keeper and, although he can’t commit every week, he will be a real asset.”

The Bees remain third in the table after utilising Redditch United’s 3G pitch to beat the weather and sweep aside Chelmsley Town 7-0 last Friday.

Dan Carter scored four times, taking his season’s tally to 18, with Jordan Jones netting twice and Harvey Smith grabbing his 14th goal of the campaign.

The idea to use the Trico came from Richard Briggs – a key part of the Studley backroom team.

“It’s been really frustrating having so many games called off and it was down to Richard that we managed to get the game at Redditch,” said Edwards. “He came up with the idea, then worked his socks off to get it on. He does lots of fantastic things for the club and he deserves a lot of credit.”

Edwards added: “Dan Carter has probably suffered a little bit because although he is a striker he can play right-sided midfield or central midfield and we have asked him to fill in those roles.

“But he will always score goals. He’s been our skipper in the last three or four games because he is a top player for us. He showed exactly why against Chelmsley.”

Being able to play on Redditch’s artificial surface was a big plus, with the Bees still to play 13 league matches – a third of their season – in the next two months.

“We’ve got quite a big squad but we’re going to be playing three times a week and it could get even busier,” said Edwards.

Studley had to postpone their planned Tuesday home clash with Darlaston Town in the Birmingham Midweek Floodlit Cup semi-final and the recent downpours are set to scupper Saturday’s scheduled clash at home to Stapenhill.

If it is called off, the Bees have pencilled in a friendly against Walsall Wood on the Studley 3G pitch.

The Darlaston cup tie has been rescheduled for next Tuesday and the planned league game against Coventry Copsewood will have to be rescheduled.

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