Cheltenham Town video: Jones ready to tackle former club
BILLY Jones admits that having set up six of Cheltenham Town's goals this season, he would now like one of his own.
The left-back is preparing to take on the club he left to join the Robins last summer as Exeter City make their first visit to Whaddon Road for more than a decade.
Jones' set-piece deliveries have been deadly for Mark Yates' side this season and he set up both goals in Tuesday's 2-1 home win over Plymouth.
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He went close to scoring in the 2-2 home draw with Fleetwood Town, but the 30-year-old is yet to open his account.
"It's been too long now, but I am not getting frustrated quite yet," Jones said.
"I am getting closer and closer and if I can get one, I will be well pleased."
Jones is an accomplished penalty taker, but his only effort from 12 yards so far this season was in the Capital One Cup first round shoot-out against MK Dons, when he successfully converted.
Shaun Harrad and Marlon Pack have been on spot-kick duties since then, however, so Jones' best chance of a goal appears to be from a free-kick.
"If I had been closer at Bradford I'd have tried to take it, but I was back on the halfway line and Marlon was pretty determined he was having it," Jones said.
"It was a great penalty too, although he says he never usually goes that way, but as long as he scores I have no problems."
Having spent four years in two separate spells in Devon himself, Jones is looking forward to seeing some familiar faces at the Abbey Business Stadium tomorrow.
He originally joined the Grecians from Kidderminster Harriers in May 2005, spending the next two seasons in the Conference before Crewe Alexandra paid £65,000 for his services.
After three years at Gresty Road, Jones returned to the South West, where he spent another two seasons before turning down the offer of a new deal at St James Park and switching to Cheltenham.
"I had four great years there in two different spells and I still have a lot of friends there," he said.
"I loved my time there and it was always one I was going to be looking forward to."
Jones paid tribute to the job done by Grecians boss Paul Tisdale, who guided the club to successive promotions in 2007/08 and 2008/09.
"He's done a fantastic job and if anyone knows what Exeter was like before he arrived compared to when you see it now, the difference he made was brilliant," Jones said.
"Each day he is trying to progress the club, which is a small one with a small budget, but they do great things each year.
"They are a bit like Cheltenham because the gaffer (Mark Yates) here is trying to do things to better the club and so is the chairman (Paul Baker)."