25th Sep, 2020

Boss says bubbling Bees have to remain grounded

Redditch Editorial 5th Dec, 2019

JOHN Edwards stressed nobody at Studley will be getting carried away by their surge towards the Midland League Division One promotion spots because they know how quickly football fortunes can change.

The Bees extended their unbeaten league run to 11 matches in sweeping aside Ashby Ivanhoe 4-0 last weekend with goals from Dale Edwards (2), Harvey Smith and Mark Magee.

Smith and Magee were also on target on Tuesday as they progressed into the quarter-finals of the Smedley Crooke Memorial Charity Cup by defeating visitors Chelmsley Town 2-1.

However, the top target for joint bosses Edwards and Wayne Bunn remains to push into the top four and they can do that on Saturday if they take three points at ninth-placed Heath Hayes and Uttoxeter Town, who are a point clear in fourth, slip up.

“Heath Hayes will be a tough one, but it’s all about momentum,” said Edwards. “The lads are buzzing at the moment but nobody is going to get complacent.

“We keep adding players to the squad to spice things up and that make we keep everyone on their toes. We know how quickly it can change if you take your eye off the ball.

“It’s an old cliche to say it’s a case of taking one game at a time but that’s how it’s got to be.”

Studley shuffled the line-up against Chelmsley, with Dan Carter, Sean Cooke and Luke Dugmore sitting on the bench and Odane Barnes having work commitments, but Edwards said the response was pleasing, even though the competition is not the biggest priority.

Goalkeeper Conor McCarthy played, despite breaking his nose and suffering concussion after he had been involved in a car crash at the weekend.

“Everybody wanted to play and the lads who didn’t get selected were disappointed not to be playing,” said Edwards. “That’s the attitude you want.”

After Saturday’s trip to Heath Hayes, the Bees will be back on home soil on Tuesday to face Coventry Copsewood in the Birmingham Midweek Floodlit Cup last 16.

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