FECKENHAM boss Aaron Blackwood is hoping both the club’s first and reserves teams can enjoy positive ends to the season.
Blackwood’s side do not return to Midland League Division Two action until the April 22 visit to Knowle, whilst the reserves have been playing some excellent football of late in Stratford Alliance Division One.
On the ninth placed first team, Blackwood said: “We have three games to play and we’re just going to look to finish as high as possible.
“We set out to finish mid-table this season and it looks like that’ll be achieved. Everyone is aware we have a young squad with the average age being 20 and these boys will only get better with experience, which bodes well for the future.
“Myself and Tom (Davies, assistant manager) look at our three-week break in fixtures as a little blessing in disguise in all honesty. We’ve had two important players in Jack Brimmell and Danny Murphy struggling with hamstring injuries since the turn of the year and the break will do the pair of them some good.
“We’ll keep rotating a few of the firsts with the reserve team to help them out with their fixture congestion and then we’ll look to finish the season on a high, beginning with Knowle away.”
Meanwhile, Blackwood is pleased with the efforts of reserve team bosses Spencer Stirling and Kristian Rock.
“Spencer and Kristian are doing a superb job with the reserves and they’ve had a good second half of the season,” added Blackwood.
“In fact, this is their first season together and under the umbrella of Feckenham and it’s testament to all involved they are looking at a top four finish.
“There are some good young players involved with Spencer and a few who have been on the periphery of the first team this season such as Andy Liddle, Will Langston and Logan Madden, so it’s nice to see our development pathway is working, especially as it’s something this club believes strongly in.”
FECKENHAM Reserves moved into fifth place in Stratford Alliance Division One thanks to a 2-1 victory at Alcester Town Reserves on Tuesday.
The hosts did not look like a relegation-threatened team and gave Feckenham plenty to think about, but the visitors took a seventh-minute lead through Jay Wright’s superb half volley.
Alcester levelled before the break through Daniel James but Feckenham clinched the spoils from an entertaining affair in the second half when, following a corner from Ben Cox, Jordan Adams lost his marker before leaping highest and heading home off the underside off the crossbar.
On Saturday Feckenham Reserves exited the Division One League Cup as they were beaten 5-3 on penalties by visitors Northfield Athletic in the quarter-finals.
The Millers took a 22nd-minute lead through Wright who converted Craig Walker’s superb cross, but Athletic levelled late on through Sam Beavan.
The hosts almost won it, but George Tolley’s effort struck the post, and the match then went straight to penalties.
Last Thursday Feckenham Reserves enjoyed a 2-1 home league win over South Redditch Athletic thanks to Walker’s low drive and Robbie Davies’ header after Benjamin Higgins had given the visitors the lead.
The Millers Reserves host Badsey United on Saturday (2.30pm) before entertaining Alveston on Tuesday (6.15pm).