Cup now the target for under-performing Ledbury

First published in Football

AFTER all-but securing safety in West Midlands Division with their local derby win, Ledbury are eyeing some silverware to finish the season.

After a season the club are describing as 'below par', the New Street side's players and management are looking for something to take from the campaign. The club are currently waiting to find out their opponent in the Division One Cup quarter final and manager Paul Mann is desperate to make amends for their poor league showing by progressing in the cup.

“We will target the cup now," he said.

"There’s a rather nice pot at the end of it and we would like to win something to come out of the season with some reward.

"It’s been a hard season for us in our first season in this division and we have found it hard at times, so a cup win would be nice.

"If we could get to the final then you never know.”

After seeing Bartestree, who were promoted alongside Town at the end of last season, have a really good first campaign in the division it has been hard for the players to work out why there has been such a gulf between the teams this season, as captain Pete Boyle explained.

“We have underachieved massively this year," he said.

"Top five or six wouldn’t have been too unrealistic when you see teams like Bartestree are up there, a team we can compete well against, so we are disappointed with it.

"But hopefully we can take the positives from this season and use it to push on to where we think we should be for next.”

One of the positives the club can take this season is the goal-scoring prowess of Jamie Welch.

Following his strike on Saturday, the veteran striker has hit the 20-goal mark for the season and is pleased to finally have reached the target he set himself at the start of the season.

“It’s been a good season for me, I’m happy now I’ve reached the 20 mark I set myself at the start of the season but the main thing is to do it for the lads out there with me really," he said. "They are a great group of lads and anything I can do to help the team out I do.”

Welch may have been modest with his evaluation of his performances this season because, as his manager Mann pointed out, Ledbury could be in real trouble without his goals .

“If you take his goals away from us, we’ve got a poor goal difference as it is, then we would be in a dire situation," said Mann. "Jamie's 35 now and still banging the goals in. "We would love him to stay another couple of seasons to keep doing the same..

Welch's 20th goal wasLedbury's equaliser against Lads Club.

The city side had taken the lead in a hard-fought clash through a calm finish from Carlos Moriera but Welch’s goal eight minutes later saw the sides enter the half-time break level.

The second half was just as feisty as the first and saw both sides squander good chances to take the lead until Dan Herbert brought down a fine cross from man-of-the-match Tom Boyle to fire home.

Despite having Ben Fuller sent off as they pushed for an equaliser, Lads Club still managed to fashion one last chance to draw the game but captain Steve Dixon was thwarted by Elliot Watts in the Ledbury goal.

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