HUCKNALL Town joint-manager Gary Sucharewycz believes there is still plenty of cause for optimism at Watnall Road despite the Yellows’ perilous league position.
Town are eight points adrift at the bottom of Evo-Stik Division One South, with virtually an entirely new squad still attempting to gel together since Sucharewycz and Ian Robinson took over.
But having seen the Yellows put in a good display against fourth-placed Gresley last Saturday, Sucharewycz believes an upturn in fortunes isn’t far away.
He said: “We knew this job would be tough when we came in and nine points form 14 games at the time was relegation form that needed addressing.
“We only inherited eight players, many without experience at this level, so had to put together nearly an entire squad, and without a pre-season as such it’s meant we’ve taken a while to find our feet.
“But I’m happy that we’ve achieved what we wanted in terms of bringing in players with good experience at this level, although you can’t hide from the fact we’ve been letting in some silly goals which obviously needs addressing.”
Sucharewycz believes a big factor in any potential upturn will be getting a settled side in place, with injures so far having hampered things in the duo’s opening games.
He added: “It’s a challenge to get our best eleven fit at the moment - something I think we’ve only achieved once so far.
“A good example would be in defence where we’ve had the back four changing every game which is hardly ideal, but while there can be no excuses for some of the goals we’ve conceded, I’m confident that if we can get all the players on the pitch we want then we’ll have a fighting chance.”
This weekend will see Hucknall visit 11-placed Market Drayton Town looking to bounce back from the cup defeat to Brigg Town on Tuesday night (see below)
Sucharewycz added: “We had to make seven changes for Tuesday’s game which didn’t help but it gave us a chance to have a look at some fringe players and there was some good football played at times.
“We gave a good account of ourselves against a top four side in the form of Gresley last week so we know we can perform against sides higher up the league, and although there is still a long way to go, it’s really important we now start picking up some points.”
l Tuesday night saw Hucknall’s interest in the Doodson Sport Cup end at the first round stage with a 4-0 home defeat to Brigg Town.
In a poor game played in miserable conditions, Brigg took just six minutes to take the lead when Ryan Paczkowski found room 22 yards out nad hit a fierce drive through a ruck of players and under keeper James Martin.
It was 2-0 to the visitors on 21 minutes when defender Scott Hellewell headed home a fine left-wing cross.
It was three on 25 minutes as Liam Davis hit a stunning long-range effort that flew into the top corner.