Price challenges players to push up the table

Bournville players have been set the challenge of building on the performance against Newport last Saturday and ending their search for a first away win of the season when they resume their National Two West campaign next week.

The win against Newport was the biggest of the season and moved Bournville 21 points clear of their Shropshire visitors and 19 ahead of Dudley Kingswinford, the two clubs who occupy the relegation places.

Although Bournville remain 12th in the table and are not yet mathematically safe from relegation they are just 14 points behind Redruth in eighth place and will have the chance to improve their final league position when campaign resumes with a trip to Dings Crusaders on March 9.

Head Coach Matt Price has stated for some time that he believes that Bournville’s league position does not accurately reflect the talent of the squad but with six games to go there is still time to climb the table with just 14 points separating them from Redruth in eighth place.

“We have never looked down. Individually some players might have but as coaching group we have never looked down,” Price said.

“We have looked at where we want to be and where we think we should be. We should be a mid-table side at the moment so, that is where we need to look,” Price said.

A couple of wins on the road will help to push Bournville up the league when they resume their campaign on March 9 with an even split of three home and three away matches to complete the season.

First up is a tough away assignment at Dings Crusaders, who beat league leaders Luctonians at Mortimer Park last Saturday, followed by Camborne’s first-ever visit to Avery Fields on March 16.

The other away games are at Clifton and Hornets with home games against Chester and Hinckley in April completing the season.

“Putting 57 points – albeit against a side that are battling, you still have to do it – was really pleasing, what we have to do now is kick on and get that first away win of the season,” said Price after the Newport win.

“I am chuffed for the boys because it has been coming, we haven’t quite got it but now we have nailed a 57-17 win now they know it’s in the tank.

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