Tenbury Town's Carl Lambert urges promotion push in Herefordshire League Division Three (From Ludlow Advertiser)
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Tenbury Town's Carl Lambert urges promotion push in Herefordshire League Division Three
CARL Lambert says Tenbury Town’s players will be pushing Bromyard FC all the way for the Herefordshire League Division Three title.
Town are enjoying their most successful season and challenging for promotion for the first time in their history.
Town host Leintwardine Colts at Palmer’s Meadow this Saturday and face James Turrell’s Tenbury Colts in a much-awaited local derby on January 26.
“We will be disappointed if we don’t get promoted this season,” said Town spokesman Lambert.
“The players are talking about beating Bromyard in the return match and finishing top of the league. The players have a lot of drive and self-belief.
“We’re not saying we’re definitely going to get promoted nor do we think we’re the best team in the division. But we’ve got the best side we’ve ever had.”
Tenbury are second in the table and suffered a disappointing 5-2 home defeat against unbeaten leaders Bromyard last month.
But Lambert thought Ian Patterson’s miss was the turning point in the match.
“We were 3-0 down in half-an- hour against Bromyard and they have been hammering teams,” said Lambert.
“We pulled it back to 3-2 and then had a glorious chance to make it 3-3 but Patterson shot over the bar.
“Had we scored then, I think we would have gone on to win the match.
“Bromyard caught us with a couple of late goals as we chased the game and I think the final scoreline flattered them.”
Town have won four of their five league matches. They bowed out of the HFA Junior Worcestershire FA Saturday Minor Cups at the quarterfinal stage.
Lambert praised goalkeeper-turnedstriker Alex Bright and the experienced Ashley Botwood who have been key players this term.
“Bright is a topquality player, who used to play in goal for Tenbury United,” said Lambert.
“Botwood has been playing in central-midfield and he’s very hard to knock off the ball. “Roger Dovey has come back at centre-half and, even with a knee problem, has played very well.
“And Mark Boucker has done well at times and is our top-scorer, while Alex Lombardi has been hard to stop when he’s in full flight on the right wing.”
Lambert said it had already been a season of ‘firsts’ for Town.
“This has been the best season that we have had since we started in 2008,” he said. “It’s the best team we’ve ever had and it’s full of young players.
“I think we have already picked up more points than we finished with last season.”
Lambert added: “When we beat Kington Town Reserves 8-1 earlier in the season it was an historic day for the club.
“It was the first time we’d won four games in a row and it was our biggest-ever winning score.
“We also moved up to second place in the table and that was our highest-ever league position.
“We are heading in the right direction.”