After two narrow defeats in a week, we spoke with the manager Adam Flanagan to get his thoughts on the past week, the season so far and Saturday’s game against Hemel Hempstead.
The side played well for a large majority of the game on Tuesday night, are you looking to bounce back from the closing stages of the Dartford game?
I thought we were unfortunate not to get something from the game on Tuesday. As a management team we are ultimately looking for a good performance in every game we play – for 75 minutes on Tuesday we played well – the last 15 minutes I felt errors crept into our game. If we continue to put the levels of effort in and cut down on the errors then it won’t be long until we are winning games once again.
Have the injuries in defence disrupted your plans so far this season?
Injuries at the back have been unfortunate, in three of the four games we have played so far a defender has had to come off injured. This is the weakest area of the squad at the moment, so it has made things more difficult. Young Nathan Fox has come in and done really well, he is developing as a player and finding his way within the non-league game and his performances have been very solid.
Going forward the side are looking dangerous, and are top scorers in the league. How impressed have you been with the link-up play going forward so far?
We have started games very well and managed to score early. Unfortunately in two of those games we haven’t been able to preserve the lead which is an area of our game which needs to be developed. I have been very impressed with the link-up play of Steve Cawley, Lewis Taaffe and Tony Stokes – they are three good lads and we have healthy competition. However I also feel we are capable of getting goals from all over the park and this will be important as the season progresses as we can’t rely on just the forwards to score the goals.
Moving to tomorrow’s game, what kind of threat do Hemel pose and are you confident that the lads can get back to winning ways?
Hemel will be the toughest test to date I feel. They have lots of experience within their dressing room and are pushing to becoming full time, as they now train three mornings per week. They have quality up front and I feel we need to win this battle to give us the best chance of getting a result on the day.
We have a very honest bunch of players who are hungry to do well. We are still knitting together as a squad but with every passing week/game things are moving in the right direction and we will become even harder to beat.
Adam Flanagan was speaking to Chris Clark.