There’s no doubting that life is tough for Bulwell FC at the minute - but manager Ian Lowe is trying his very best to remain upbeat.
Saturday brought a chastening 7-1 defeat at the hands of Selston, in their first action of November thus far.
Postponements forced the Bulls into a four week break, but their form picked up where it left off, the Selston loss their fourth defeat in a row.
In those defeats they’ve shipped 25 goals.
Lowe isn’t sugar coating the situation.
“It’s been a tough run to be fair,” he said.
“It just seems to be one thing after another.
“We’re not good enough at the minute.”
The postponements were frustrating enough, but returning to the pitch only to be thumped 7-1, having a man sent off and losing your skipper to injury compounded the misery.
And with just seven points from 10 games, sitting 15th in an 18-team Black Dragon Division South, it would be easy to get down hearted.
Lowe is determined to stay positive, however: “We’ve just got to stick together, try to get some new players in and see if we can strengthen.
“When you’re down there you’re just not having the luck.
“But I’ve said to the players we have to stick together and take whatever positives we can.”
There is at least one source of optimism for the manager - Lowe has been buoyed by the loyalty shown by his squad in recent weeks.
“Three weeks ago we had seven seven-day approaches for players and they all decided to stay, which is a positive,” he said.
“They didn’t up sticks and leave just because we’re being heavily beaten.
“We will turn it around, I have to try and make the players believe that.”
Bulwell face fourth-placed Sherwood Colliery on Saturday, away from home, in another tough outing.