Preview: Evesham Utd vs Paulton Rovers

Manager Paul West believes there are exciting times ahead for Evesham United and wants his players to buy into the club’s long-term future writes the Evesham Journal.

Despite losing 7-1 at Sholing in their last Evo-Stik Southern Football League Division One South and West match, the Robins boss, whose side’s position in the division is assured, is looking at the bigger picture.

The Robins, in their first season at the Spiers and Hartwell Jubilee Stadium following six years in exile at Worcester City, appear to still be finding their feet.

West, though, insists it is not just about the first team and believes firm foundations are being put in place with Evesham’s youth structure now everything is based at the £2million ground.

He is also determined not to spend beyond the Robins’ means and risk getting into financial difficulties.

West said: “The season has been disappointing from the club’s point of view football-wise but they are aware of the bigger picture.

“It’s still important we finish the season in a positive vein.

“We want to go into the summer with the players here now wanting to stay next season for the exciting times ahead.

“There is a feel-good factor around the club and we want to try and build on that.

“I need to see players showing me they want to be part of this club going forward.

“We need to build on solid foundations because history tells us that it crumbles if you don’t. We have to be careful of where other teams have slipped up in the past.

“We need to get the foundations right as a club then the other things take care of themselves.”

Lower mid-table Evesham face two matches over the Easter weekend, hosting play-off hopefuls Paulton Rovers on Saturday (3pm) and travelling to struggling Bishop’s Cleeve on Monday (3pm).