Thorpe enthused by Town’s prospects

Melton Town FC manager Tony Thorpe EMN-160927-172529002
Melton Town FC manager Tony Thorpe EMN-160927-172529002
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Tony Thorpe was in positive move after Saturday’s disappointing defeat at Long Buckby.

He blamed himself for making changes after the previous week’s superb UCL Cup victory at higher level Northampton ON Chenecks.

“It was a strange match but I can’t be too disappointed with my players,” said Thorpe.

“It was our first defeat in six games and generally I was really pleased with them. I changed the team again after the cup win and we didn’t start well.

“It was a great response from the lads to come back to 2-2 and we thought we could win it.

“They didn’t change their system, though, and kept two up front and three in midfield.

“We got caught with a sucker punch and that cost us in the end.”

Town host third-placed Wellingborough Whitworth on Saturday with several unavailable players returning to the squad, including Jack Baker, Gus Gentlemen and Harvey Crane.

Melton are in mid-table with 14 points from their opening 11 games but Thorpe is confident they will push on.

“In this league every team beats each other,” he said.

“Our ideal plan is to finish in the top 10 but if we can add one or two we can be right up there at the end.”