Wednesfield boss Danny Carter keen to nail down a top six finish
Boss Danny Carter says the objective has changed for Wednesfield and they are now determined to finish in the West Midlands League Premier Division’s top six.
Carter’s charges sit fifth ahead of tomorrow’s round of fixtures and ending up in the top six usually seals a spot in the FA Cup, writes Joe Edwards.
Wednesfield took Evo-Stik West Division outfit Chasetown to a replay in the preliminary round of the competition this term – after beating Rocester 2-1 in the extra preliminary phase – and that gave the Cottagers the taste for more.
“At the start of the season, the target was different,” said Carter.
“But with the run we’ve been on over the past couple of months, we want to see it out and finish in the top six.
“We had a decent run in the competition this season, giving Chasetown a tough test, so it’s something we’d like to do again.
“The money from the competition can be vital for teams like us as well.”
Carter took the reins following Dean Gill’s departure at the end of last season, to take charge of Premier rivals Wolverhampton Casuals.
He was initially tasked with steadying the ship but, since getting a settled squad in place, he knew there was scope to take people by surprise.
“I’m extremely happy with how things are going,” said Carter.
“This is my first season at Wednesfield and I think the club would have been happy to consolidate.
“You could probably say we’ve overachieved, but not for me.
“As soon as we got a settled squad in place, I knew we could do well as I know what the players we’ve brought in can do – how good they are.
“We’ve managed to get a good set of lads together, and we’ve had a steady 18 every week over the past few months.
“That makes the job a hell of a lot easier for me and me and my assistant, Andrew Carrier.
“We’ve just got to finish the season as strong as we can now and see the good work through.”
Tomorrow’s test for Wednesfield is against Wellington, at the Cottage Ground.
They are a side Carter expected to be a bit higher in the table than ninth, after drawing 2-2 with them in the reverse fixture earlier this season.
“To be honest, I thought they’d be a bit higher in the table as they’re one of the best teams we’ve faced,” he added.
“They gave us a really good game at their place, so it will be difficult.
“We’ve got a couple of players missing, so hopefully the lads who come in can step up to the plate for us.”