23 Sep 2021 in News
It has been a bright start to life in The North West Counties Premier Division for Town. We sat down with James Kinsey to get his thoughts on the opening quarter of the season, as well as looking at the remainder of the campaign.
Whilst to many it may be seen as a perfect start to the season for Town, Kinsey expressed his frustrations with what he has had to deal with in recent weeks.
"Apart from the Irlam game, the other games we have dropped points in I think we have deserved more than what we got. But with the injury list we've had since July, I'm over the moon to be sat in third place. We have had so many key players pick up injuries and it has been never ending," he said.
"Jerome Wright and Greg Wilkinson are still a couple of weeks off and everybody knows how important they are to us. Jerome is our captain and he only played forty five minutes on the opening day. We are missing him there is no doubt, but we aren't the sort to sit and complain. It is what it is.
"We are in a healthy position whilst we have been down to the bare bones. We're close to having everybody back fit and available, that is doing nobody but us any favours, I can assure you of that."
Town currently have five wins, three draws and two losses on the record, and the Manager is looking to turn some of the dropped points into maximum points sooner, rather than later.
"We have won fifty percent of our games. We can definitely improve on that and we will. Now we have numerous healthy options I would back us against anybody, but we aren't getting ahead of ourselves, our aim is top six and we still maintain that aspiration this season.
"We have been punished in the games we have dropped points and we have had to learn the hard way. That's the one thing we have noticed in this league, you can dominate games all you want, if you miss chances or make mistakes, you won't get away with it often."
Sitting in third position, to the untrained eye it may not stand out that this is Town's first season at this level, but Kinsey maintains he knows what his squad are capable of.
"We have players who have been there and done it. We are just continuing to take it one game at a time and see where we end up. The winning mentality we've got now is unreal and that is down to the lads demands of each other. They train like they are playing for three points and it carries into games. As long as we don't let up, we will do alright this season."
With just nine points seperating fifteenth placed Winsford, and league leaders Macclesfield FC, the young Manager also praised the standard of the league.
"There is no mugs in this league. It makes me laugh, but the old school thought process around the counties being an average standard is definitely a thing of the past. There is no easy games and it is showing by everybody beating everybody. I think whoever goes on a six to eight game winning run will put themselves in a position that they can't be caught, but nobody is managing it just yet.
"It's a shame there isn't many play off positions available as it makes for an exciting finish, but if it carries on how it is at present, it is going to be interesting right up until the last day."
There are still another thirty games to be played in this current campaign, but there is real hope for a positive season.
Town are next in action this Saturday in The FA Vase as we travel to Bacup Borough. 3PM Kick Off.