EASTWOOD Town boss John Ramshaw is calling for his side to be more resilient as they prepare to host Workington this weekend.
The Cumbrians are similarly fighting against relegation this season and a win for them would move them away from the bottom three.
But Ramshaw is keen to claim the scalp of a team he feels are better than their league position suggests.
He said: “I think Workington are in a bit of a false position at the moment as they’ve been edged out by the odd goal on a number of occasions and have a very good squad of players that hasn’t changed much over recent years when they’ve been battling for promotion.
“They’re very competitive and this will be a much harder game than the league table suggests.”
Still seeking his first win since taking over in early November, Ramshaw has seen his side capitulate in several of the matches so far and they have now conceded more goals than anyone else in the Blue Square Bet North.
That’s something the manager is keen to eradicate, particularly falling behind early on in games and having to play ‘catch-up’.
“We need to keep teams on the back foot for longer and I’m hoping the signing of Peter Knox will aid that as he is a very good presence up front who can hold the ball much better,” he said.
“I’ve also brought in right-back Cameron Fearon, who has played for Chesterfield, Matlock and most recently Rainworth Miners Welfare and who I think will fill a position which has been a bit of a problem for us so far.
“Those signings will hopefully help us be more resilient and give us more of a chance.”
Defender Aaron Mitchell has left for Hucknall Town and midfielder Tom Manship has signed for Loughborough Dynamo as the Badgers’ squad continues to evolve, whilst recent acquisition Emeka Nwadike has gone to Mickleover Sports on loan to build up his match fitness.
Liam Francis has also left the club to play nearer his West Midlands home.
Meanwhile, enquiries have been made with regard to bringing midfielder Ross Gardner back to Coronation Park.
Ramshaw said: “Aaron was offered a contract by Hucknall which he felt was better for him so we wish him well, and the same goes for Tom Manship who I couldn’t guarantee a regular starting spot.
“Emeka is still in my plans but it was evident at Guiseley that he needs more football to get his fitness up and because, for the time being, he was likely to be on the bench, he’s gone to Mickleover to get some games under his belt.
“I’ve spoken to Ross Gardner about coming back and we’ve put seven days’ notice in to his current club, Shildon, so I’m confident we can do a deal.”
l The Eastwood Town FC Supporters Association are to host a Christmas social event at the Coronation Park Social Club on Saturday evening to raise money for the Notts & Lincs Air Ambulance.
The event will begin at 7.30pm and all are welcome.