Barnoldswick Town boss Stewart Airdrie is backing his players to get the club’s season back on track.
After a flying start, where they won four of their first six games in the North West Counties Premier Division, Town have slipped to 16th having failed to win in six outings.
“I definitely back them,” he said. “There is a lot of ability in that squad and I think it’s the strongest group we’ve had for a few years.
“I fully back them to bounce back because we’ve got more than enough in that dressing room to do it.”
Airdrie has been dealt a bad hand so far this term in relation to injuries and suspensions; a huge contributor to his side’s inconsistent form.
Joe Gaughan and Kieran Britton will alleviate some of that strain when they return to the squad for the clash with Maine Road on Saturday though skipper Jimmy Crorken along with Arley Barnes and Jonathan Hodgkinson will miss the trip to Brantingham Road through suspension.
“The chopping and changing on the squad due to injury and suspension certainly hasn’t helped,” said Airdrie.
“We’re getting a few bodies back now so hopefully we can kick on from here.
“We’ve not had a settled side which has caused major disruption. We’ve had to play people out of position.”
Town were beaten 4-0 by Harrogate Town in the second Round of the West Riding Cup in their last outing but Airdrie insists that the performance was much better than the scoreline suggests.
As a result, he feels his players will go in to their next game with a bit more confidence. “We played Harrogate Town last Tuesday and it was a really positive showing despite the result,” he said.
“That’s given them the kick that they’ve needed, it showed that they aren’t a million miles away against a very strong side, so I think they’ll be fine.
“It’s going to be tough especially with people missing. However, we’ll go in to the game with our heads held high. We want to kick on and pick a few more wins up.
“If we can get three wins on the bounce, which we’re more than capable of doing, we’ll climb the table. We’ve got a few games in hand so we’re looking to move forward.”
Meanwhile, in the East Lancashire League Second Division, Barnoldswick Town (EL) were thrashed 6-1 against Colne United.
Jamie McAuley scored a brilliant consolation for Town with a strike from distance.