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West left looking for ‘Lidl’ bargains
MANAGER Paul West says a budget cut at Evesham United has left him shopping for players in the football equivalent of low-cost store Lidl.
The Robins boss has seen the purse strings tightened at the Spiers and Hartwell Jubilee Stadium as he bids to haul his team up the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One South and West table.
He accepts it is vital the club keeps running costs under control in their first year in a new stadium but admits it has left his options limited.
West said: “I have been shopping in Tesco but now, without being disrespectful, I am now in Lidl. Maybe one day I might be able to pop into Selfridges.
“Tesco is a little bit out of the reach at the moment but there are some decent car boot sales around!”
West has a fully-fit squad to choose from for tomorrow’s visit to title-chasing Poole Town (3pm) after a flu virus left players under the weather for last weekend’s 1-1 draw at Clevedon, including goalscorer Sam Adkins.
The Clevedon contest was the second successive match Evesham have shipped a last-minute goal.
But, although points have been snatched away, West has faith in his players to turn fortunes around.
Midfielder Simon Fitter returns having finally completed a weather-affected three-game ban.
West added: “If we keep putting the performances in, the points will come sooner rather than later.”