LYE Town’s boss is aiming to take the club to its highest ever league finish with only four games left to play this season.
Joint-manager Martin Thomas has set his sights on achieving a top five finish in the Midland League – bettering the club’s previous best of sixth place – despite his side challenging for the league title for much of the season.
Thomas said: “People’s expectations are probably higher than what this club can achieve. They’ve got to remember that we are still Lye Town.
“But as players and coaches, we've got to try and help those expectations be fulfilled.”
A run of bad results saw the Stourbridge Road outfit slide away from runaway league leaders Alvechurch, but two wins on the spin – including a 2-1 victory over rivals Westfields on Saturday – has the side sitting in third position, one place ahead of Tuesday’s opponents Sporting Khalsa.
Thomas praised his players after Saturday's “comfortable” win. He said: “I felt the score flattered them. They went 1-0 up against the run of play after about 15 minutes, but Simon Williams smashed in an equaliser straight after the break.
“We then hit the post and missed a couple of one-on-ones, before getting the winner mid-way through the second half with a lovely Jack Till header.
“We deserved the three points and it was a very good win, leaving us in a great position to finish in our highest ever league position.”
Before hosting Khalsa at the 7.45pm kick-off on Tuesday, Town head to Rocester this Saturday.
Thomas added: “Rocester are always a threat and Khalsa will be a very tough game. They battered us at their place earlier in the season, so we will be trying to get one back at them.
“But as it’s a 3pm kick off on a bank holiday Monday, we’ll be missing a couple of players who can’t get the time off work.
“However, we were missing a couple of lads against Westfields and still managed to get the win, so who knows what will happen.
“We’ve got four games left this season, 12 points available, and we’ll try and get as many points as we can.”
*Since the News spoke to Thomas, Lye's tie against Sporting Khalsa has been rescheduled and will now be played on Tuesday (April 18) at 7.45pm instead of Bank Holiday Monday.