THE PRE-season form of winger Tristian Dunkley has been praised by Worcester City joint manager Matt Gardiner.
Dunkley grabbed the third and decisive goal – with a delicate chip – in the 3-1 Worcestershire Senior Cup final win over Redditch at the weekend to take his pre-season tally to three goals in four outings.
The youngster enjoyed a breakthrough second half of last season’s campaign, bagging five of his seven goals following the turn of the year, and Gardiner was pleased to see him on the scoresheet again.
“He has meant that (the chip),” Gardiner said. “He does it in training all the time.
“He has got that pace if a team are chasing the game and there is a two-on-two situation, there is only one winner.
“I thought it was a great finish, so composed to dink it over the keeper and put the game to bed. I’m pleased for him as he’s got three goals in pre-season already so it is encouraging.”
The joint manager added the Senior Cup success, City’s first since 1997, ‘bodes well for the future’.
“We are still in pre-season and it is great to win the trophy, but from our point of view we are trying to get the players ready for August 8 as quickly as possible,” Gardiner added.
“In terms of winning the trophy, the lads are happy and hopefully it bodes well for the future.”