Duo has eyes on winning finale

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BEWDLEY Town’s management team of Craig Payton and Brian Lacey are determined to bring the curtain down on their time in charge at Ribbesford Meadow in winning style.

The pair have already targeted a top eight finish in this season’s West Midlands League Premier.

But Payton is keen to put some icing on the cake by taking Bewdley to the League Cup Final as well.

First they must dispose of Bustleholme tonight (7.45pm ko) to book their place in the semi-finals.

“It’s the West Midlands League’s 125th year with the final being played at Walsall FC’s Bescot Stadium and we want to be there,” claimed Payton.

Bewdley warmed up by blitzing Bustleholme 6-0 in a league game last Saturday, which proved a red letter day for 22-year-old wideman Lee Williamson who scored his first ever hat-trick for the club.

Alex Lavery bagged a brace, while Jon Seekings added the sixth in the final minute.

Payton said: “Lee has been one of the success stories of the season.

“He’s come through the U21s and has proved a big hit.

“Next year will prove a big one for him.”

Bewdley followed up with a goalless draw against Malvern Town this week and Payton had no complaints about the outcome, especially as Malvern had a goal disallowed for offside and also hit the post.

Bewdley entertain title contenders Pegasus Juniors this Saturday (3pm ko) and then host another of challengers Shawbury United on Tuesday (7.45pm ko).

Payton and Lacey will step down at the end of the season with a new manager being announced next week.

Busy Payton has been first team boss at Bewdley for the past 24 years but he still plans to remain involved with the club.

Popular player Chris Hough will also be hanging up his boots at the end of this term and Payton paid tribute to him.

He said: “ He’s been our best player. Loads of other clubs wanted to sign him, but he’s always remained loyal.

“When I took over at Bewdley in 1990, we were in the Kidderminster League, so it’s great to see just how far we’ve come.

“But there are exciting times ahead I’m looking forward to at Bewdley.”

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