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Discipline needs to improve at Evesham United
8:00am Friday 10th January 2014 in Sport By Steve Carley - Midlands Sports Journalist of the Year 2013, @stevecarleyWN
EVESHAM United manager Paul Collicutt has demanded an improvement in discipline from his team if they want to be successful.
The Robins are without four players through suspension for tomorrow’s match against Thatcham Town (3pm), which would be United’s first game since December 28 following postponements against Merthyr Town and Taunton Town.
Centre-half Alton Axton starts a three-game ban, while goalkeeper Louie Barnfather, left-back and captain Richard Mansell and midfielder Neil Barnfield all serve one-game suspensions.
But keeper John Bateman is fit to return following a hip injury and new defensive signings Will Wellon and Dan Watkin, the latter from Hellenic League side Hook Norton, are set to make their debuts at the Spiers and Hartwell Jubilee Stadium.
Collicutt said of the bans: “It’s not ideal. The discipline over the past year or so at Evesham hasn’t been the best and it’s something we have got to make a marked improvement on.
“We need to keep 11 players on the park and we have not done that since I have been here on two or three occasions.
“We have got too many lads getting booked.
“In their defence, I would say the standard of refereeing isn’t the best.”
Evesham hope to finally kick off 2014 and bounce back from the 6-2 Southern League Division One South and West defeat at home to Wimborne Town last month.