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Daren Pearce on a “pretty good evening all round” and play-off hopes

Daren Pearce on a “pretty good evening all round” and play-off hopes

Kieran Wiggs17 Apr - 21:30
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Men’s manager Daren Pearce spoke to Selsey FC media after his side’s important 2-0 victory against Arundel on Tuesday night

The affair between the play off position hopefuls saw Bradley Higgins-Pearce take the lead for the Blues when his free-kick snuck through Arundel’s wall. Doubling the lead was Evan Harris’s header which was initially thought to have assisted Harry Fox’s finish. But it has now been confirmed that Fox did not connect with the ball.

Pearce was pleased to see the goals shared around the squad last night as they have been recently showing the goals can come from anywhere in the squad and seeing midfielder, Higgins-Pearce’s name on the score sheet last night was a perfect example of this.

The manager shared his thoughts on the game which saw Selsey dominate Arundel for the majority of the game saying, “we controlled large parts of the game, and the lads implemented our plan pretty much all evening.”

The 90 minutes under the lights saw a series of close chances for the Blues which were denied by Josh Bruford and the woodwork twice. Pearce brought attention to this and said, “with a little more calmness and care in front of goal we could have maybe scored a couple more.”

Although the manager understands the importance of the upcoming games in their fight for a play-off spot. “The impact on the play-offs mean nothing if we don't follow this performance up,” he said. “We need to keep picking up points and come the end of the season we hope to have done enough to get into the play-offs.”

Highlighting the competition in the Southern Combination Football League where the Blues currently sit 7th, he said, “there are some good teams around us trying to achieve the same thing so we can't be complaisant.”

As the pressure builds on the squad in their battle for a play-off spot, Pearce is confident in his squad and their set up for the final weeks of the season. “The players will keep trying to do the right things as they have done all season and if they carry on doing this then we will be happy,” he said. “We won't change the way we do things as these are our beliefs in how we like to try and play.”

Last night’s fixture was their final home game of the season and Pearce stressed how important the fans have been to all the players and staff this year. He said, “the support last night for a Tuesday night was great again as it has been all season. We have a good following at Selsey and it’s great having that support behind you and the lads.

“We have had amazing crowds this season and it's great to see so many younger youth lads and girls coming to watch as they start their footballing journey playing for the younger age groups at Selsey FC along with all the die-hard fans that turn up week in week out.”

The Blues will pay a visit to Horsham on Saturday where they face Copthorne in what Pearce described as a “tough test away from home.” He added, “I'm sure they will be looking to upset our progress as we try to keep pushing for the play offs. We will have to be as good as we were tonight against Arundel to take maximum points off them.

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