The Midland Football Alliance
Published 6th August 2011
...remain from last term’s squad.
Having become the fourth new managers in less than twelve months, joint-bosses Graham Scott and Vaughan Pearshouse faced a mammoth rebuilding job.
So it is no surprise that, having called on favours and explored all their contacts, they admit the 2011/12 squad is still very much a work in progress ahead of today`s opening league game at home to Loughborough University.
“It’s been hard work,” said Scott. “We’ve had to start from scratch and we’re still building. “Ideally we could do with another week. Now other teams from higher leagues are letting players go after pre-season and we are hoping to pick a few up to strengthen what we’ve got.”
Not that all the new signings will be unknown at either Lye Meadow or to Scott and Pearshouse.
The duo have brought three players with them from previous club Earlswood Town, as well as persuading ex-player-boss Jamie McWilliams to lace up his boots once more.
“Jamie’s still only 30 and he can be a big influence for us,” added Scott.
So too will striker Keith Rostill, who helped Earlswood win the Midland Combination Division One title last term. He remains a Lye Meadow `legend` from his goalscoring in the treble-winning days a decade ago, though work commitments mean he can only play midweek initially, while Paul Longthorn and fellow midfielder Tommy Albus have also moved from the Earls.
With ex-Bromsgrove Rovers and Moor Green assistant Dougie Griffiths as director of football, Junior Dunkley as coach, and with ex-boss Simon Redhead aiding Church with scouting, there’s know-how off the pitch, even if many of the squad on it are Alliance rookies.
“We’ve got an excellent backroom staff and we’re all working together to improve on last season, which was a struggle for the club,” added Scott.