The Midland Football Alliance
Published 4th August 2012
....playing for the club week-in, week-out. The Bees kick-off their campaign at home to Coventry Sphinx today aiming to avoid last season’s relegation battle. In the previous campaign, they struggled to field their strongest team regularly, which was a major contributing factor to their struggles.
But with Knight coming in as manager with Ian Mitchell as assistant and former Pershore Town boss Kevin Barry as coach, the new set-up is looking for players to appear regularly. He said: “We’ve tried to change the attitude at the club. “I’ve told the players that we only want guys who can play each week, it’s no good turning up every couple of weeks to play the odd game. “We will reward the players who are committed and want to be playing for the club.”
Knight, who replaced Lee Adams after he quit the club in April, is keen to rebuild the team and has overseen some changes to the squad. Prolific goalscorer Lei Brown has joined Rushall Olympic, although Knight is confident the hitman will also sign dual registration for Studley. Leon Blake, who coached the Bees last year, is set to put on his boots and play again, while the influential Matthew Collins and Craig Hall have also been retained. The new regime have also drafted in striker Marlon Semper and young Warwick defender Aaron Nevins.
The manager said: “Lei was too good for the Midland Combination and we couldn’t prevent a player like him signing for Rushall. “But he’s also signed forms for us. “We’ve also brought in some younger players which have interested other clubs. “Because we’ve lost a few friendlies to the wet weather we’re probably a bit behind in our preparations but we’re looking forward to start of the season.”