PLAYER-MANAGER James Robbins is refusing to let Alcester Town’s season fizzle out and has challenged his players to bounce back from recent disappointments when they visit Burntwood Town on Saturday.
After a blistering run of form, Town have slipped to seventh in Midland League Division Three following two defeats in their last three league games – including Saturday’s last-gasp 2-1 loss at Barton United – as well as seeing their Challenge Vase hopes ended by local rivals Redditch Borough.
However, Robbins is determined for his side to end the campaign in positive fashion and believes encouraging results in their final six matches will bode well for next season.
“We look to bounce back after last weekend’s disappointment. Burntwood isn’t an easy place to go to but we travel there knowing that only three points will do,” said Robbins.
“Conceding that last minute goal at Barton was hard to take but we must give a reaction and bounce back with a strong performance and result on Saturday.
“There are still a lot of points to play for and it remains very tight in that top half. We need to string a sequence of results together to finish as high up the league as possible.”
Alcester, whose league match at title-chasing Redditch Borough was postponed on Tuesday, will be without captain Mark Briggs who has suffered a recurrence of his hamstring injury, whilst Steve Nurse is unavailable due to work commitments.
However, Nick Dance has recovered from a swollen ankle and is available.
Robbins was frustrated on Saturday when his side failed to build on the second half lead given to them by Kieran Downey’s superb 40-yard lob as goals from Peter Martin and George Stack handed hosts Barton maximum points.
Robbins said: “I’m extremely disappointed to have lost that game. We got our noses in front with a fantastic strike but we gave away two sloppy goals and you can’t afford to do that.”