LUDLOW Town Colts assistant-manager Jess James says the club are hoping to sign four or five new players over the summer, writes DANIEL WILKINS.

James believes Colts are under-achieving , although he has seen a rise in performance levels.

Manager Chris Waldron is lining up a few signings for next season, James said, as Colts will be bidding for promotion from Mercian League Division Two.

James said: “We’re definitely under-achieving this season, we should only have lost three games. The other games we’ve lost , I think we have thrown them away. We need to kick on.”

He said: “Before last weekend’s win, we had not played for three weeks and we played most of our games over the Christmas period an AGP synthetic surface.”

James felt his side ‘had not been turning up’ to games at times and said the poor form could have been down to the ‘physicality of the league’.

He said: “This league is more of a scrapper’s league than a football league, we’ve got a bunch of 17 and 18 year olds who just want to play football.

“When we’ve played friendly games against other clubs from higher leagues we’ve done well.”

Ludlow Colts are enjoying their maiden season and James admits it was always going to be more of a ‘gelling and bonding’ campaign for the team and management.

Colts have just three games left in the season and a league cup quarter-final tie against AFC Broseley, who are top of the table.

He said: “There’s no reason why we can’t give Broseley a game.

“We were 3-0 down against them at half time earlier in the season, but Chris and I got the players in at half time and, in the second half, it was an even affair.”

James said: “That’s the main goal, to try and get out of this division.”

James believes a combination between Ludlow Town Colts and AFC Ludlow is unlikely.

He said: “I don’t think that will happen, although we do have a good relationship with them.

“A few of our players are signed with them and a few of their players are signed with us.”