JOHN EDWARDS admits high-flying Studley will need to come up with new ways to keep winning as they become one of the Midland League Division One’s team to beat.
The Bees extended their unbeaten league run to 12 matches after goals from Dan Carter and Mark Magee sealed a 2-1 victory at Heath Hayes last weekend. The result moved Studley into fourth place, four points behind second-placed Lichfield City, who have played two more games.
Joint-bosses Edwards and Wayne Bunn praised their side for being patient and being prepared to switch tactics to overcome a resilient Heath Hayes and they expect to face similarly determined opponent when Paget Rangers visit the Beehive on Saturday (3pm).
Then on Tuesday Studley head to third-placed Brocton for a big test of their promotion-chasing mettle.
“We are on the right track but no-one is taking anything for granted,” said Edwards. “We’ve just to keep doing what we’re doing. The lads are enjoying their football and that’s the main thing.
“We are facing new challenges all the time. Teams are starting to show us a lot more respect and setting up to stop us playing. People see we’ve had some decent results and are setting up defensively and setting us the challenge to break through.
“Saturday was an example. It was a different type of performance. We had to be patient and then change the system and it paid off with Danny getting the winner seven or eight minutes from time.”
Edwards was also full of praise for the Studley rearguard for providing the solid foundation for their unbeaten run.
“The back five have been really excellent,” said Edwards. “Only Leicester Road have conceded less than us in the league, which, considering we conceded 11 in our first four games, is a great effort.
“At the start of the season we struggled but when the started to pick up results how well the backline worked together was the major factor.”
With keeper Conor McCarthy ruled out last week to have his broken nose reset, Jack Tregartha returned as No 1 after his shoulder operation and he is set to keep his place against Paget.