Bletcher: We must remain focused

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HEAD coach Ian Bletcher has warned Kidderminster Carolians they cannot afford to let their focus slip.

The Marlpool Lane side are set to face Midlands Two West (South) strugglers Upton-upon-Severn at home on Saturday (2.15pm ko) in a Worcestershire derby.

With last weekend’s clash at Newbold postponed because the weather and successive defeats to top two sides Old Laurentians and Kenilworth, KCs are keen to get back on track with a win.

However, Bletcher has said the players must keep their focus and highlighted the surprise loss of National North Two leaders Stourbridge to Bromsgrove as an example of what can happen.

He said: “We must be careful that we keep our focus.

“We’re itching to play but we must take Upton seriously or we will lose.

“They ran us very closely at their ground and it was only in the end that we managed to pull away.”

Saturday’s clash could be in doubt after as the snow continues to fall in Wyre Forest.

The district was hit hard at the weekend by Arctic conditions and with more predicted tomorrow, the match could be in jeopardy.

Bletcher said: “It’s hard to tell if the game will be on at this stage.

“The pitches at Marlpool Lane are very good but obviously if we get a lot of snow it could be off.

“Stourbridge only managed to get their game on at weekend on because they had 80 volunteers to clear the snow, which illustrates what a tremendous effort it was.

“We won’t really know until quite late if the match is on and if it’s not we will try to organise an inter-club match.”

KCs coach is also frustrated that the weather disrupted their season.

He said: “We’ve got everyone fit and available at the moment, so this is not the best time for us to have a break in the action.”

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