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O'Neill talking down chances

By MIG2-Nuneaton News  |  Posted: August 11, 2009

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BEDWORTH United manager Liam O’Neill is playing down his side’s chances of promotion despite an unbeaten pre-season.

The Greenbacks have been in good form in friendlies, beating Zamaretto League Premier Division sides Rugby Town and Evesham in their last two outings.

But the former Banbury Town midfielder insists the chances of going up from the Midland Division are still slim.

He said: "It’s good for us to have beaten two teams from the league above but we really aren’t getting carried away.

"We’ve come through six games unbeaten and never really had everyone available. Yes, we’ve done well but we haven’t got a single league point yet.

"We are full of confidence after beating Evesham, who I think will finish in the top 10 of the league above.

"We can’t be over confident though. We lost one in seven last pre-season and then only got two points from the first six league games.

"People keep saying we are going up but that’s bolderdash, we’ve not got a point on the board. I would much rather lose six pre-season games and win the first six league games."

Meanwhile, new signing Fazel Koriya could be about to quit the club after Rugby put in seven days notice for the left winger.

Koriya, who joined from Rothwell Town in the summer, impressed in last week’s friendly against Tony Dobson’s men — prompting them to make a move for the non contract man.

But O’Neill is "hopeful" Koriya will reject the chance to move to Butlin Road.

"I’m hopeful he will stay. It is down to me and Rosey (assistant manager Mark Rosegreen) to show him he would be better off here.

"At first glance Rugby looks the better option since they are in the league above, but it is a question of whether Fazel wants to go there for a season of struggle.

"It is frustrating for me that we could lose a player. I’m trying to build a side here but there is not a lot I can do, that’s what happens in football at this level.

"I just have to get on with it and try to persuade Fazel to stay with us."

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