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Mr Selfridge aim for Robins boss
11:10am Thursday 17th January 2013 in Sport
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 for Saturday’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 retains faith in his players to turn fortunes around.
Midfielder Simon Fitter returns having finally completed a weather-affected three-game ban.
Poole are 22 points better off but the manager, whose side host Wimborne Town next Tuesday (7.45pm), reckons his team should relish the challenge.
He said: “They are much-fancied so it’s a great test and the sort of game I always look forward to because it pits your wits against a top side.”
West added: “It will be a great opportunity to see where we are as a group.
“We are disappointed not to have as many points as we should but I have been in football long enough as a manager to know these things happen and you have to keep believing.
“We move on and if we keep putting the performances in the points will come sooner rather than later.”