Sucharewycz pleased with early progress

KEY COMPONENT -- Alistair Asher now holds a crucial coaching position at Town
KEY COMPONENT -- Alistair Asher now holds a crucial coaching position at Town

HUCKNALL Town joint manager Gary Sucharewycz says he and fellow boss Ian Robinson have taken plenty of positives from their opening fortnight in charge.

Despite a 2-1 defeat at Halesowen Town on Saturday, the performance put in by Hucknall left the duo with a good degree of satisfaction and hope for the weeks ahead.

And as the Yellows prepare to welcome in-form Kidsgrove Athletic to Watnall Road on Saturday, Sucharewycz paid tribute to the squad of players.

He said: “I felt we dominated the first-half and were really unfortunate not to be three or four up inside the first half-an-hour.

“Halesowen then scored against the run of play after we were caught a bit flat marking at a set piece, which is something we’ll work on.

“We then created lots early in the second-half too and were looking solid at the back, before inevitably some of the players suffered a bit fitness-wise in the last 15 or 20 minutes and Halesowen took advantage.

“But overall we’re happy with what we saw. The players have immediately tapped in to what we’re trying to achieve here, which is to make ourselves very hard to beat but without minimising the chances we create, all of which was evident on Saturday.”

Sucharewycz repeated his call for patience among fans while he and Robinson get familiar with what’s required and have time to implement their plans, particularly with new players arriving on a regular basis.

The Yellows’ initially thin squad has already been bolstered by six new signings since Sucharewycz and Robinson took charge, the latest being goalkeeper James Spencer on loan from Grantham, defender Perry Marriott from Eastwood Town and attacking player Tristram Whitman from Arnold Town.

Sucharewycz added: “We needed more numbers as the squad was very small when we arrived and you have to be able to allow for injuries and suspensions.

“With the good young players we have up front in the form of Alex Ford, Julian Topliss, Ben Spargo and Warren Hatfield, I felt the kind of experience Tris Whitman will bring will be important.

“James Spencer is one of two very good goalkeepers Grantham have and we’re grateful to them for allowing him to come out and get some games. It’s a real coup.

“There may well be more new players before the weekend.”

Attention now turns to the visit of Kidsgrove and the trip to Leek Town next Tuesday night as Hucknall seek to lift themselves off the bottom of the table.

Sucharewycz said: “Kidsgrove are low in the table but have won their last two games 4-1 and 5-3 so will obviously be on a high after that.

“Leek are in a bit of a false position given they have a lot of games in hand on everyone else, but this is a division where anyone can beat anyone else and we’ll have no fear.

“There’s obviously a lot of games still to be played but it’s important we try and get that first win as it’s always a good monkey to get off your back, and if we get that it’ll be an aim to try and go on a little run.”

Hucknall expect to have on-loan Burton Albion striker Evan Garnett available for selection again this weekend after he missed the Halesowen game.

He and fellow Burton player Jack Green will remain at the club until mid-December, with Sucharewycz keen to see them play a part.

He added: “If we want them back after that we have to wait until the transfer window opens so we do need to plan a little bit for when they’re not here, but they will certainly have an important part to play.”