Bucks looking for home comforts as Blake rejoins
THE first half of the season has been 'one to forget' for Elmore manager Pete Buckingham as countless away trips and postponed matches has seen his side struggle to get any momentum going.
However, Buckingham is confident that a combination of factors will see results improve in the coming months.
The Eagles are fifth from bottom in the First Division table and face a battle to stay away from the relegation places.
Elmore need to finish outside the bottom two to make their proposed sideways move to the Peninsula League Premier Division in the summer. And with 13 home games to come between now and the end of the season, Buckingham is sure they can do it.
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"Our aim to finish in a mid-table position. I'm quite confident, with the run of home games we have got and the sides we have still got to play, that we will be able to achieve that," said Buckingham, who is set to name two new signings for their away trip to neighbours Wellington on Wednesday.
One of those players is former Eagle James Blake, while Buckingham remained tight-lipped about the other.
Speaking about Blake's signing, Buckingham added: "He scores goals. He has been prolific for Elmore before. I think a couple of seasons back he scored 40 plus in a season and then of course went on to bigger and better things with Taunton Town, but he has been in and out of their side so he has come back to us. I'm hoping we can keep him until the end of the season but, if he start banging in the goals again, Taunton may want him back."
Buckingham also doesn't have the usual selection headache ahead of Wellington trip as, being a close away game, he can call on almost a full squad, with James Skinner, Liam Pike and Steve Harris all available. Gareth McAuley has also completed a one-match suspension.
"In fairness our season begins on Wednesday night. It is the first time I can pick a team instead of having to fill with what I have got," said Buckingham.
"This season I have used 43 players and you only do that when you are struggling week-in, week-out."
Speaking about Wellington Buckingham added: "They did suffer a shock defeat to Devizes last time out, which turned a few heads. It will be about who reacts best (to the inactivity).
"We have all been sat on the sofa eating sweets the last few weeks and it has been difficult."