23rd Jul, 2019

Bees swoop in goals bid

Redditch Editorial 7th Mar, 2019

JOHN EDWARDS is setting out the goal for Studley to regain their attacking mojo during an enforced three-week break before their next fixture.

Edwards and joint-boss Wayne Bunn have added to their ranks by signing attack-minded midfielder Connor Doyle from Coleshill Town, plus ex-Bromsgrove Sporting striker Ricardo Richards.

However, they will also be working hard on the training pitch to bounce back after suffering a third defeat in a row in Midland League Division One with last weekend’s 1-0 reverse at Uttoxeter Town.

The run has dented the Bees’ hopes of a top-six place and Edwards says they will have plenty to ponder before their next game on March 23 at home to Stapenhill.

He had no complaints about the result at Uttoxeter, with Harry Towner bagging the only goal in the final ten minutes of a close-fought contest, as the Bees failed to find the target for the second time in the last three outings.

“For whatever reason, it’s just not clicking at the moment,” said Edwards. “The effort is there, the application is there, but we’re not creating enough chances. I was disappointed with the lads up front last weekend, but the midfielders didn’t create either.

“It had all the hallmarks of being a 1-0 game last week and Uttoxeter got the goal. They were a good side, organised and fit and they started the better.

“But in the second half we were much better and I thought we had weathered the storm until they scored late on.

“We looked a little bit stale and maybe this break will allow the lads time to recuperate. We’ll train Tuesdays and Thursdays but they’ll have Saturdays off.”

The Bees will be hoping Doyle and Richards could provide a spark when the action resumes.

Doyle, who can also play as a wide left player or as a No 10, has featured with Southern League Division One Central outfit Coleshill and scored twice in a 3-0 win against Bromsgrove Sporting at the start of the year.

“Connor could be just what we’re looking for,” said Edwards. “We’ve dried up a little bit with our goalscoring and Connor could give us that little bit extra.

“It’s the same with Ricardo. He’s played at this level before and he’s been training with us for a few weeks to get some more fitness under his belt.”

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