STEVE KITTRICK: A good week for us after two wins

Steve Kittrick's weekly column
Steve Kittrick's weekly column

It has been a good week for us so far with two wins and two clean-sheets.

There are plenty of positives to take from our victories over Radcliffe and Carlton, particularly our two strikers Tom Corner and Ryan Blott getting back on the scoresheet.

They have both become very frustrated in recent weeks because they haven’t been getting goals, but fair play to them, they’ve stuck at it and kept working hard and now they have their rewards.

There’s been a lot of pressure on them and nobody is more pleased than me that they found the net against Carlton, where I felt they both played well.

Hopefully the pair of them can take confidence from this and there will be plenty more to come in front of goal.

At the other end, it’s nice to have kept a couple of cleansheets, because if you don’t concede then you don’t lose.

There are signs that things are starting to come together for us on the pitch and we are making small steps in the right direction.

The lads are getting used to playing with each other now and becoming more familiar with the players next them.

We’ve had to bring in quite a lot of personnel since I arrived, and it takes time for it all to gel, it was never going to be a quick fix, and people need to remember this.

We now have a Integro Doodson League Cup semi-final to look forward to, and a chance to win some silverware.

This is a big plus for the club, because it gives us the chance to put a bit of gloss on what has been a poor season overall.

I’ll be putting out as strong a side as possible for the semis in a bid to take us all the way.

It’s a case of taking one game at a time however, and next up for is the visit of Kendal, which is going to be a tough test, but I’m hopeful that we’ll have at least two or three back from injury in time for Saturday.

Off the pitch, the club have obviously asked the fans to dig deep to help us out financially, but having spoken to the chairman, I am assured that this is not because we are in any real trouble.

My playing budget has never been discussed, so I don’t expect this to be an issue, although I’m sure that some people will read into this what they will.

This week has also seen Pete Davidson leave the club and I feel that too much has been said about this situation on social media.

There are two sides to every story, and at the end of the day, it was my decision to make, and one that I didn’t make easily.

Pete’s a nice lad who needs a new challenge and I wish him well for the future.