08:59 Friday 18 October 2013

Ely City boss Alan Alsop concerned by team's confidence crisis

Written byMARC BEYELER

Ely City boss Alan Alsop Ely City boss Alan Alsop

Alan Alsop will take victory any way it comes as his struggling Ely City side prepare to travel to Brantham in the Thurlow Nunn League, Premier Division.

The Robins have won just two league games so far this season and are languishing in 18th place in the table. While boss Alsop continues to have faith in his players’ abilities, confidence is low throughout the team and in recent matches that has affected performances on the pitch.

The Cambs Invitation Cup defeat at Foxton on Tuesday night was a particular low point and Alsop said he will not tolerate a similar level of performance this weekend.

“We’ve got to start doing something,” he said.

“We’ve got to start turning things around because at the moment we’re only heading one way.”

Also revealed that the players held a meeting after Tuesday’s loss in an attempt to clear the air and resolve the team’s problems and Alsop hopes that results in an improved display at Brantham.

With tough fixtures at Brightlingsea and Mildenhall also coming up, Alsop said it was vital his players start showing more belief in their ability.

“We don’t need to fear anyone if we play as we can do but at the moment I just don’t know who’s going to turn up, mentally,” he continued.

“We’re going through such a confidence crisis and it’s affecting everybody. The only way we can get through it is to fight our way out of it.

“We’ve got good players who are a shadow of themselves because they lack confidence.It shows in the way they play.”

Stuart Walker is struggling with an injury but otherwise Alsop has a full squad to choose from, with Sam Parkinson expected to return to the squad.

“We should have a decent team,” added Alsop.

“There will be no excuses if we play poorly. Three points would be wonderful but I’d take one. We’re not going to be negative but I just don’t want us to get beaten.”

Haverhill Rovers are also in action tomorrow and will look to put their surprising, and disappointing midweek loss to Walsham-le-Willows behind them when they travel to FC Clacton.

In the First Division, Haverhill Borough are at home to Newmarket, with boss Ben Cowling looking for nothing less than three points.

“It’s an important game for us,” he said.

“After two long away trips it’s nice to be at home and we want to be picking up three points tomorrow to stay in and around the teams near the top.”

Boro’s match at Braintree Reserves was postponed on Wednesday but the team held a good training session.

Martin Westcott should return to the squad with Aaron Forshaw and Ryan Kent also expected to start.

Saffron Walden Town are at home to Sudbury Reserves.

In the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League, Division One, St Neots Town Saints are at home to Rushden & Higham.

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