RESURGENT Alcester Town have been warned against showing complacency when they entertain bottom of the table AFC Solihull on Saturday (2pm).
Town are up to 11th in Midland League Division Three after making it four wins in six league games with a 5-0 home victory over Enville Athletic on Saturday in which Matt Layton scored a hat-trick.
James Robbins’ side have now scored 13 goals in their last two league encounters but the player manager has told his side they must show respect to AFC Solihull, who picked up their first point of the campaign by virtue of a 2-2 draw at home to fifth placed Badsey Rangers on Saturday.
“I have made it abundantly clear to the lads that we can’t go into this weekend’s game with any sort of complacency and with the attitude that we can just turn up and stroll to the three points,” said Robbins.
“Although they have found it tough going so far this season, Solihull gained their first point at the weekend and will be looking to follow that up with another result against ourselves.
“We must make sure we go about our jobs and apply ourselves like we have done these last few weeks and, if we do, I am confident we can continue our good run of form.
“We certainly have options and competition all over the park now and, with the Trinders (Matt and Adam) available, it gives me a real headache, a good headache, as to team selection for Saturday’s game.
“The lads have shown a fantastic attitude and team spirit these last few weeks and I am confident whatever side I put out now will fight tooth and nail for me and for each other whether we win, lose or draw.”
Brothers Matt and Adam Trinder are available for Town having missed the Enville game due to a family wedding, although Kieran Downey serves the final game of his three-match ban for his sending off at Wrens Nest in the Birmingham Vase.
Long-term absentee Richard Eastell is back in training but the Solihull match will come to soon for him, whilst Richard Layton misses the game as he is away for his 40th birthday.
Blustery conditions made life difficult for both teams on Saturday and it was Town who were forced to battle against the elements in the first half.
However, they coped well and took the lead when Matt Layton curled a free kick around the Enville wall and into the net.
The same player then doubled his and his side’s tally before the break with another free kick which flew into the net from 20 yards.
In the second half Nick Dance hit the post for the dominant hosts before midfielder John Beacham broke forward and slotted the ball home in a crowded area to make it 3-0.
The front two of Layton and Robbie Davies were pressing high and causing Enville all sorts of problems and the duo combined once again when Davies squared from the right to give Layton the chance to slot home from six yards to complete his second hat-trick in as many games.
The scoring was completed when the referee awarded a free kick for a back pass and quick thinking from Davies gave substitute Steve Nurse the chance to score on his debut and, although he was denied by the visiting goalkeeper, Jack Banks converted the rebound.