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West targets repeat

By This is Gloucestershire  |  Posted: August 14, 2009

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A REPEAT of last season's record breaking campaign is the target for Evesham United manager Paul West.

The Robins welcome Brackley Town to their temporary St Georges Lane home tomorrow (3pm) for the first of many tests awaiting them in the Zamaretto Premier Division..

The Robins exceeded all expectations, securing ninth position in the Southern League last season and reaching the FA Cup first round, but West knows it's going to be tough for a repeat this term.

"It's an exciting league to be part of this year as there are some Conference quality clubs in the division," said West.

"Brackley had a disappointing season, but they've changed their manager and they'll be up there because of the players they can attract.

"Teams like Truro, Hednesford and Nuneaton all have massive potential, it's a fantastic league to be part of."

West will start the season without the services of number one keeper Nathan Vaughan and influential defender Danny Hodnett who are both suspended.

Vaughan will be replaced in the short term by Cheltenham Town youngster Joe Perry, who has joined Evesham on work experience.

Another new face lining up against the Saints could be former Wolverhampton Wanderers and Port Vale striker Chris Cornes who has signed for the club from landlords Worcester City.

The 23-year-old forward has had something of a stop start career, but West is hopeful that he could have a big impact.

"Chris has a bit of a reputation locally as a good player but for one reason or another it hasn't worked out for him," West said.

"It's an opportunity for both him and for us and I've done my homework on him.

"Fantastic players don't just drop into your lap but if we can get him right he could do well for us.

"But it's not about the individuals it's about all eleven players performing well as a team."

With the club struggling at the bottom of the division in both the attendance and money charts, West knows that the strong team ethic is crucial to their chances.

"We had a fantastic season last year with the team pulling together," he said.

"If everyone gives 100 per cent to the cause I am sure we will be fine."

Evesham have been drawn away to Stourbridge in the first round of the Worcestershire Senior Cup.

The Robins will face the Glassboys at the War Memorial ground on or before Wednesday, December 2.

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