28th Apr, 2017

We must keep picking up points, warns Studley boss Draper

Craig Gibbons 16th Feb, 2017

STUDLEY boss Keith Draper says the aim is to keep picking up more points than sides around them at the bottom of Midland League Division One as they battle to avoid the drop.

The Bees moved out of the bottom two, at the expense of Pershore Town, on Saturday following a resounding 4-0 home victory over basement club Southam United who have yet to register a single win after 24 games.

Two goals from Josh Westwood and one each from Matthew Dorgan and Gareth Evans secured the win for Studley who have now won three of their last four games in the league.

That was also the first clean sheet of the season for the Bees who have 11 games left to retain their Step 6 status.

Draper said: “The lads were a little bit disappointed on Saturday as they felt they should have won the game by more to be honest.

“We are full of momentum right now so avoiding relegation is in our own hands.

“Since I joined we have to had to rebuild the club but there’s some quality and belief in this squad now.

“We’re not going to be able to compete with the likes of Bromsgrove, Atherstone, Hinckley or Leicester Road but we can certainly compete with sides in-and-around us.

“I have told the players we will be dropping in and out of the relegation zone like the ‘hokey-cokey’ but what’s important is we pick up more points than those also fighting to stay in this league.”

Studley will look to continue their impressive form on Saturday when they travel to mid-table Coventry Copsewood.

The previous meeting between the two sides saw the Bees throw away a 2-0 lead before losing 4-2 but Draper is confident, that with a full strength squad at his disposal, his side can get a positive result.

“We are still building confidence at the moment and the game against Copsewood is massive for us,” he added.

“They are going to be difficult to beat but that’s what we want to be too.

“If you could offer me a point right now I’d gladly take it.”