Greene Shoots: Away form needs tackling
This week, in his Greene Shoots column, the St Neots Town manager Dennis Greene takes a look at his team’s away statistics - and doesn’t like what he finds.
I HAVE to admit our away form is worrying me!
I have been looking through the statistics and in our last eight away games – in all competitions – we have lost six games, drawn one and won one. That is not good reading.
At the start of the season our away form was completely different: we won our first three Southern League away games against Woodford United, Aylesbury and Barton Rovers – and yet we have now slipped up against North Greenford United away, who were bottom of the table when we went down there last month and drew 2-2, and Bedfont Town, who were bottom when we lost 1-0 at their place last Saturday.
That is something I need to address – and quickly.
I believe there is something lacking in the mentality of certain players. We know we have a lovely ground with a lovely pitch and lovely dressing rooms – but it’s not all about that. You can’t expect to find those kind of conditions or facilities wherever you go in this league and you have to be able to perform to your best abilities wherever you are.
But we are still only nine points off the top of the division, in sixth, and if we can address this issue now, we have a great chance of climbing the table over the Christmas period and putting ourselves right back in the race for promotion.
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No one team has taken the bull by the horns yet and held on to that top spot long enough to pull away from everyone else.
We now have a run of three home games, leading us up to Christmas. The first of those, on Saturday, is against – would you believe it? – the team who have replaced Bedfont at the bottom of the table, Marlow.
That will give us the chance, at home, to break our jinx of underperforming against teams at the foot of the table – and then Ashford Town are our visitors next Tuesday.
We have a gap in our Southern League schedule then as our December 10 game against Uxbridge – who are still in the FA Trophy – has been postponed as they have a match in that competition.
Our final visitors before our trip to Biggleswade Town on Boxing Day are Fleet Town; they come to The Hunts Post Community Stadium on December 17.
I hope to see you there for all of those games.