Non-league football: Jim Vince looks for Congleton to finish strongly
JIM Vince insists he is not scaling down his ambitions for the season as he prepares to give youth a chance at Congleton Town.
Vince has brought in two highly-rated Cheshire under-18 players, winger Danny Bruce and forward Joe Woolley, as he plans for the future at Booth Street.
However, he insists a long-term vision will not distract him from the present, even if the Bears have slipped to eighth in the North West Counties League Premier Division.
"We have got 14 games left so that's 42 points left to play for," he said, ahead of tomorrow's trip to Glossop North End.
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"If we can't get 42, we'll aim for 41. We will keep playing trying to finish as high as we can."
Congleton have drawn three and lost one of their last four in the league and must keep a handle on Glossop's prolific striker Mark Battersby to revive their fortunes.
But it is finding the net at the right end which is Vince's priority. Having scored 58 in their first 21 league games, Town have since only bagged five in seven.
He said: "The goals have dried up, but we are not conceding many. If we weren't creating chances I'd be concerned, but we have been playing really well without being clinical.
"Our quality of football has been terrific this season and now most teams are turning up trying to contain us. We have struggled to turn draws into wins.
"But this year was all about building a team and making a statement. The top five or six teams have all been together for two or three years.
"Players were always going to come and I've made space in the squad to bring in better players.
"Danny and Joe are both well thought of young lads and we can have a look at them, maybe in the last five or six games of the season."
Danny Doherty and Brad Yearwood have been released, while winger Rory Fallon has signed for Trafford.
"We would have liked to have kept Rory, but we can't compete with Trafford financially," said Vince.
ALSAGER TOWN manager Andy Turner has brought in former Stafford Rangers midfielder James Marsden and Michael Pryce from Northwich Villa.
The Bullets, in 12th, are away at strugglers Ashton Athletic tomorrow, while 15th-placed NORTON UNITED host another team down near the bottom, Squires Gate.
Gate, in 19th, have recently ended a miserable five-match losing run, however, pulling out one of the shocks of the season by drawing at Bootle before beating St Helens Town.
STONE DOMINOES could do with a Norton win to help their relegation fight, which was aided by a 3-2 win over Silsden last weekend; only their third triumph of the campaign.
That was followed by a 3-0 defeat at Winsford on Tuesday, and they now make the tricky trip to mid-table Colne.
ECCLESHALL boss Dean Sibson has recruited ex-Congleton Town man Richard Booth ahead of the third-bottom Eagles' trip to second-bottom Daisy Hill in Division One.
LEEK CSOB have seen loan striker Dan Cope return to Leek Town, but have registered Blues' teenage midfielder George Pauley as they travel to Atherton Collieries.
The Old Boys, in 11th, drew 0-0 with fourth-placed Ashton Town on Tuesday.