NEW Studley manager Vaughan Pearshouse remained upbeat despite seeing the Bees lose their grip on the Birmingham Midweek Floodlit Cup as they were beaten 4-0 by visitors Atherstone Town on Tuesday.
The Bees boss admitted the north Warwickshire side were deserved winners but felt his team – who drew 1-1 at fifth-placed Hinckley AFC in Midland League Division One on Saturday – contributed to their own downfall.
However, Pearshouse believes his troops are capable of maintaining their current sixth place which should clinch a spot in next season’s FA Cup and says an improvement in concentration and focus can inspire a return to the type of form which led to the Bees topping the table in the first third of the campaign.
“We are lacking consistency really at the moment and not doing some of the first basics correctly, which you must do in order to get consistently good results,” said Pearshouse.
“There’s a good set of lads here though and they are fully committed despite the change of manager, so there’s no issues there at all.
“Atherstone were, to be fair, more up for it than us. They’re a strong side who, bar Walsall Wood, are as good as anything in our division and they played well.
“That said, we could and really should have done better with all four goals we conceded. We also created some clearcut chances, so I don’t think the scoreline truly reflects the game although the better side won.
“I was delighted with our performance at a much-improved Hinckley on Saturday. We got an early lead through Billy Garvey’s header from a corner and we looked as though we’d done enough to win the game but we were undone by a long ball into our box 25 minutes from time.
“I was really pleased with our endeavour though and there’s definitely a good base for me to work from.”
Pearshouse’s side face two key games in the race for the top six when they visit rock-bottom Coventry Alvis on Saturday before Tuesday’s trip to Littleton – currently seventh and a place and one point behind the Bees with two games in hand.
“We’ve got to make sure we are right at it on Saturday because if we’re not we’ll come unstuck,” said the boss.
“Nothing’s a given in football but I’m hopeful if we perform to our capabilities that we’ll claim a win which would really boost confidence before we face a talented Littleton side containing many players known to our lads due to their connections with the Redditch area.”
Pearshouse has increased options in central midfield following the recent addition of Brett Fellows from Chelmsley Town and the return of Jack McGinn from a loan at Northfield Town.
“Brett has looked really good in his two games so far and Jack is a steely player who we are delighted to see fully recovered from a long-term injury and back ready to play at this level,” added the manager.
“Brett is an ex-Birmingham City academy player and very good on the ball. I think the drive and energy of these two will be key for us in the remainder of the campaign.”