14th Aug, 2020

Studley boss Draper aiming to end poor record against Nuneaton Griff

Craig Gibbons 11th Aug, 2017

STUDLEY manager Keith Draper wants to bring an end to his dreadful record against Nuneaton Griff when his side make the trip to the Pingles Stadium this weekend.

The Bees gaffer has made seven trips to Griff with Bromsgrove Sporting, Earlswood Town and Bartley Green but has yet to register a single point.

More recently he witnessed a 6-0 drubbing in Warwickshire last season and Draper is determined to set the record straight tomorrow (Saturday).

“It’s certainly not a happy hunting ground for me,” he said. “My record there is absolutely shocking but my aim this weekend is to put that right.

“I think out of all the teams I have faced, my results against Nuneaton are the worst.

“Nuneaton are a much changed side to last season and have plenty of youngsters but it’s going to be tough.

“We got steamrollered by them last season too so that is something else we are hoping to avenge.”

The Bees go into their clash at Griff on the back of a dramatic 4-3 victory over local rivals Pershore Town on Tuesday night.

Andy Nicol had given Studley the lead inside five minutes after netting the rebound from his penalty but goals from Dane Aldington and Michael Wright gave Town a 2-1 half-time lead.

Eddie Wynne-Willson then levelled things up with a stunning free-kick before Nicol made it 3-2 to the visitors.

Pershore battled hard and looked to have forced a draw when Lewis Clarke netted late on.

However, a last-gasp strike from Gaz Evans ensured Studley picked up their first three points of the season.

Victory at the 2020SolarPV King George V Stadium came after Saturday’s disappointing 2-0 home defeat to Coventry Copsewood.

“Saturday was the worst I have ever seen a Studley side play,” he said. “We just huffed and puffed but we left it at that and said nothing more of it.

“By contrast our first half performance at Pershore was absolutely tremendous but it was just astounding to find ourselves 2-1 down at the break.

“But I cannot fault the belief the lads showed not only to pull it back, but to keep going and get the winner with the very last kick of the ball.

“It was a great game to watch but we have to cut out the silly mistakes.”

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