Eastbourne Borough manager Garry Wilson insists there is still fight in the Sports’ camp, ahead of two crunch fixtures in four days at Priory Lane.
Tuesday’s home defeat to Tamworth extended Boro’s dismal winless run to 14 league matches. Wilson’s men have now lost their last eight in the Blue Square Bet Premier and face Grimsby tomorrow followed by 17th-placed Gateshead on Tuesday.
While Wilson is certainly fazed by the current rut, he has called on the club to battle through it together – and he’s not about to walk away.
He said, “It’s difficult, they’ve still got belief but I think the constant changing of the side doesn’t help, they find that difficult, but there is still belief.
“There’s no doubt, we can’t split up, we can’t blame each other, it’s not one person that is making mistakes.
“We’re in it together, we’re a dressing room.
“I think one of the players said after the game on Tuesday night, ‘we’ve all got ourselves into this muddle, we’re here together’.”
But getting all those players in the same place at the same time to work on cutting out those mistakes is proving to be tricky.
Wilson added, “We only usually do two training sessions, this week it is only one session, and that can prove difficult, because for one reason or another we can’t get loan players in (to training) or players are resting knocks.
“So trying to practise shape of the team can become difficult and working on areas we’re weak in.”
Visitors Grimsby, who were relegated from the Football League last summer, arrive at Priory Lane in a rut of their own.
Neil Woods, who used to play for Ipswich Town, has seen his side win just one of their last six in all competitions.
However, in Alan Connell they boast one of the division’s leading marksmen – the former Bournemouth striker has scored 18 times for the Mariners this term.
“Grimsby are a top side, we know that, their league position doesn’t lie,” said Wilson.
“But we want to be worrying about ourselves, get our own game going, to stop leaking goals, which has been our weakness.
“We’re at home, we need to try and get something out of the game.”
Making Priory Lane a fortress could be the key to Boro’s survival, with Histon, Barrow and Southport all still to visit Sussex.
For Wilson there’s no secret to home success other than getting key men back to fitness.
He said, “We’ll try and get some of the players back who we had at the start of the season. Ross Treleaven was a major influence in our side, more than I expected him to be and Richard Pacquette when he was in form proved he was a real threat.”
Pacquette is doubtful for tomorrow’s clash, while Treleaven remains a long-term absentee. Andy Atkin and Neil Jenkins may return to the squad, while Gary Elphick is rated as 50-50 and Matt Smart is suspended.