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Wyton not ruling out Robins title charge
4:50pm Friday 11th January 2013 in Football
BUZZING Andy Wyton believes Dudley Town could still gatecrash the West Midlands League Premier Division title race.
The Robins are the form team in the division after winning seven out of eight and are looking to continue the run when they face second-placed Lye Town tomorrow (kick-off 3pm) in a mouth-watering derby showdown.
Last Saturday’s 4-1 win over Cradley Town sent Dudley up to fifth and left boss Wyton dreaming of a possible title push.
He said: “For me this bunch of lads can go as far as they want, I think we have a very strong squad.
“If we win the next two games it will put us in the title race.
“We’re in the top five and have to keep it going now.
“Lye is a massive game for us. I thought we were unlucky the first time we played them and it will be interesting to see how far we have come.
“They are right up there and if we can beat them we can beat anybody.”
Wyton was left purring over the performance of Tom Gadd, who came off the bench to set up Grant Joshua for Dudley’s third goal against Cradley before adding the fourth himself.
Will Tibbetts’ strike had earlier threatened to bring the visitors back into the game after Joshua and Dreniz Bala had fired the hosts into a 2-0 half-time lead.
Wyton said: “We should have been five or six goals up by half-time but they had a lot of good fortune.
“When they pulled one back I did start to worry but Tom did superbly after coming on.
“You always make substitutions hoping they will impact the game. It doesn’t always work but it’s great when they do.”
Any title credentials will certainly be tested against Lye, who have won five games on the spin, scoring a total of 29 goals in the process.
The latest came on Saturday with a 3-1 win at home to Shifnal Town. Scott Gennard, Richard Anslow and Steven Weaver were on target.
Dudley Sports joint-boss Tony Gore is confident they can keep hold of striker Matt Hearsey despite continued interest from other clubs.
Tividale and Welsh League Premier outfit Newtown are the latest to lodge seven-day approaches for the hitman, who fired his 20th goal of the season in last Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Wellington.
Gore said: “Matt hasn’t responded to either of them yet but we are as confident as we can be that he will stay.”
Sports have brought in Kidderminster Harriers Academy player Liam Williams ahead of Saturday’s trip to bottom club Darlaston Town.
Gore is eager for his side to take care of business against a side who have only won once this term.
He said: “They aren’t having a good season but you know they will win one eventually and you don’t want it to be against you.
“We want to go there, get the three points and get out.”