LLOYD Fellows believes his young and inexperienced Ossett Albion squad can turn around their poor start to the new season.
Fellows, joint manager of the Evo-Stik Division 1 North side alongside Paul Watson, has seen his men win just one of their six league matches so far this term.
Albion also crashed out of the FA Cup with an emphatic 6-0 home loss against Witton Albion in the preliminary round at the weekend.
But bad luck on the injury front hasn’t helped Albion’s cause and Fellows believes his side will only get better as the season progresses.
“We’ve had a lot of long term injuries already this season and our squad is young and inexperienced at Evo-Stik League level as it is,” he said.
“It’s a big jump up to play at this level from reserve team level so it’s going to take a bit of time for the players to gel and get up to speed.
“If we can get a bit of luck with injuries and keep the nucleus of the team together now I’m sure we can turn it around.
“We’ll have players coming back from injury in a few weeks to boost the squad and give us better strength in depth.”
Fellows was always prepared for a tough start to the season against some of the divisions bigger spenders but Albion will be looking for back-to-back league wins when they visit rock-bottom Mossley today (kick-off 3pm).
The Lancashire side are yet to chalk up a victory this season and the Dimple Wells club will look at the game as a chance to climb up the league table.
Despite the 6-0 FA Cup defeat at the weekend, Albion can still take positives from the 3-0 home victory over Durham City last time out in the league.
Richard Tracey was the hero with a hat-trick but he’s expected to be missing this weekend with a hamstring injury.
Albion could have a new face in their ranks if former Ossett Town man Marc Thomspon agrees a move to the Warehouse Systems Stadium from Worksop Town.
Thompson, who has played over 100 games at Evo-Stik League level, was in talks with Albion yesterday, Thursday, over a move back to Ossett.
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