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COACHES’ CORNER: Bren Kelly looks ahead to Stourport + Yaxley

In this Coaches’ Corner, manager Bren Kelly looks back at two underwhelming games versus Bedford Town and Corby Town, what has hopefully been learnt from these and previews both our Worcestershire Senior Urn match on Tuesday against Stourport Swifts and in the league this Saturday to Yaxley.

“It’s a strange feeling going into this weeks fixtures against Stourport and Yaxley.

“After two heavy defeats in a row, which is very new to the players, they have been a bit shell shocked as to what happened.

“The circumstances regarding my absence didn’t help, as myself and the players are very close to me.

“Therefore, the atmosphere was quite subdued and the fact we had the two most difficult away games of the season one after the other made it a very challenging week – physically and, probably more so, mentally.

“I firmly believe that we will not become a bad team overnight.

“However, we do need to assess the level of character within the squad.

“We started well on both games and probably edged the first half but once we went a goal down we seemed to struggle, so we will have to learn from that and work to ensure it doesn’t happen again.

“Conceding so many goals in two games will hurt; however I’m positive we can come back stronger.

“We have lost the last two but went unbeaten the previous eight; had we have lost the first two and went unbeaten in the last eight, we would still be more than happy with the start we have made to step four.

“We have got some aims and targets for our league position come the end of April, but we are not silly enough to to think we will top the table in the first nine games and stay there.

“We need to stay grounded and make sure we put the hours in on the training pitch to give us the best possible chance of picking up points.

“The ability in the squad cannot be questioned and if we match the levels of ability on the mental side of the game, we will certainly win more than we lose.

“Stourport is a great game to have before we get back to league action and we have a fresh canvas to work from.

“It will give us a chance to look at things and improve the fitness levels of some lads who need minutes.

“Yaxley will provide a very dangerous test on Saturday. They score lots of goals and we will certainly respect them.

“I am pleased that we are back at the VG too, as it’s been a while and I can only hope our faithful will be there to cheer us back to winning ways.

“The squad has no injury concerns so I have plenty to choose from. The lads are eager to get back to winning ways – however my main aim is not to concede.

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