Nelson starting to fulfil potential

NELSON FC: Manager Paul Painter.'Photo Ben Parsons
NELSON FC: Manager Paul Painter.'Photo Ben Parsons

NELSON manager Paul Paynter believes he is now starting to see the best from his team.

The Blues are unbeaten in their last three league games and take on Formby away on Saturday for a place in the quarter finals of the Second Division Trophy full of confidence.

“There’s a lot more of a positive feeling around the place now,” said Paynter. “The table is looking a lot better now as well and that helps. The lads seem to be working that bit harder and it’s really starting to pay off. Collectively we are working together better and so we are starting to get the results.”

Their last league outing saw the Blues record their first away win of the season, beating Cheadle Town 3-2.

Last weekend’s game, which was supposed to be the Formby cup match, was unfortunately called off and Paynter said it was a shame that they had not been able to keep their good run going.

“It’s frustrating because we are on a good run and just want to keep playing every week. The lads are getting more and more and confident and I can see that in the way they are playing.

“We’re 15 - 16 games into the season now and have played most of the teams who we are going to face so there are no more surprises for us. The players are starting to learn how to win in this league and that’s what really been missing for us – that bit of know how.”

Although this week’s cup game does interrupt their recent run of league form, Paynter admitted he was looking forward to it.

“Because it is just featuring teams in this division if we win we are straight into the quarter finals and I think we have good chance.

“Historically Formby are a decent side but the league table suggests that they have been struggling this season so I think we can go there and a get a positive result. If we do win it also means more games for us which is what we want at the minute. The more we play the better we are going to get and it helps the team.”