Todmorden Borough boss Craig Milnes is hoping that a good result in Saturday’s League Cup clash with Kendal County will spark an upturn in the club’s league form.
Milnes has been delighted by the response from the players since he took over the first team reigns earlier this season, but is still waiting for results to improve.
Such are the fine margins in football that the former reserve team mangaer believes a welcome win would boost flagging confidence levels.
“The lads have been playing good football, and more importanly enjoying their football,” said Milne. “It is no secret that we have been struggling to score goals but I firmly believe that will change and the floodgates will open.
“The players are working really hard in training but it just isn’t happening out on the pitch. The spirit is great but I think we need to be a little more ruthless.
“One of the messages I will be getting ac ross before Saturday is ‘Let’s get the ball down and shoot’. Sometimes I think the players over-complicate things a little bit - they just want that extra touch - to almost walk the ball in.
“However, I will be stressing the need to go for goal. I think once we can start scoring regularly, coupled with the type of football we are playing, that the victories will come.”
Milnes also praised the players’ spirit with good numbers turning up for training on a regular basis.
“I cannot fault them at all,” said Milnes.
“I know at one stage the numbers were very low, but I have been getting 13 regularly which is very encouraging.
“Everybody wants to win but as far as I am concerned it is not just about results.
“I am trying to look at the bigger picture. It’s a question of getting the players to enjoy their football and keeping everybody happy.
“The spirit has been fantastic. I have organised a night out after Saturday’s game which is designed as a team-building exercise. I think these kind of thin gs can only help.”
Borough were robbed of the chance of picking up three points last weekend when their scheduled West Lancashire League clash at Walney Island fell victim to the weather.
“To be fair to them they did try to get the game on,” added Milnes. “They told us earlier in the week that it could be in doubt.
“We then had a call at 10 past 10 on Saturday morning to say that it was off.
“We had been due to set off at 10.30 and although some people had already set off for the meeting point at least we hadn’t started our journey over there.
“It was a shame because I had 13 lads who wanted to play.”
Milnes has yet to finalise his squad for Saturday’s game but is hoping to be at full strength.
“We lost 1-0 at Kendal in the league a few weeks ago, but the cup is a different proposition,” said Milnes.
“We have home advantage and I firmly believe that if we get a full strength team out and play how we have been doing in the last few weeks then we can get a result.
“If we do then hopefully it will give everybody a lift and give us confidence to take into our league games.
“I am looking forward to it. We have usually done well in this competition and it would be nice to go on a decent run.”