Date: Thu 07 Mar 2013

Nine More Points the Target for Jeffrey

Bob Jeffrey

Bob Jeffrey

BOB Jeffrey has set Llanelli a target of nine more points to preserve their Welsh Premier League status, writes Stephen Ware of the Llanelli Star.

The Reds are currently fourth from bottom in the Play-off Conference after a turbulent campaign plagued by off-field financial problems. Many experienced players left Stebonheath Park during the January transfer window to be replaced by younger alternatives.

But Jeffrey, who took over as manager from Andy Legg, has stated from the outset that survival is his only aim. And he believes three more wins will be enough to ensure the Reds remain in the Welsh top flight for another campaign.

"Nine more points should be enough to do it," said Jeffrey.

"Even in games we've lost this season, it's been by just the odd goal. Last time we lost 1-0 to a team who would have finished in the top six if they hadn't been deducted a point.

"Hopefully we can stay in the league, then we can start to plan towards next season. If we can get a win in two or three games, we can kick on."

The Reds return to action at Bala on Sunday (2.30) and Jeffrey is bracing himself for a stern test against a side he rates as the best in the bottom half.

"On paper, Bala are probably the best team in the bottom half, with the budget they have and the people they have signed," said the Reds' former academy director.

"I think it's between them and Aberystwyth to finish seventh. Any points we get at Bala will definitely be a bonus and the lads are looking forward to it.

"There's a good buzz in training and everyone's fit. We named five on the bench against Connah's Quay, which was a luxury."

After a flurry of arrivals during the transfer window, Jeffrey has now had time to work with the new signings. And with things seemingly more settled behind the scenes, his only focus is football.

"We've really got to move on and just concentrate on the next seven games," he added.

"We can't bring anyone else in so we have to work with what we've got.

"It's going to be tough because in the last two games we've been playing teams who are looking to finish seventh. Because of our financial problems it's been very difficult to fill positions with experience."