Assistant backs Chard Town to scale league heights again
CHARD Town assistant manager Adam Fricker has backed his team to bounce back from their slump in form but admitted they must start to grind out results.
Four Toolstation Western League First Division wins in August vindicated the Robins' pre-season promotion hopes but recent weeks have been blighted with inconsistency.
Trailing 2-1 to Calne Town at half time on Saturday, Fricker believed his team still stood a chance of leaving Wiltshire with at least a share of the spoils only to concede twice more after the break.
The number two, leading from the dugout in Nik Flory's absence due to family reasons, said top scorer Sam Clark's absence on Saturday made a difference but added they should not be reliant on the youngster.
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He said: "As I have said before we just need to go back to basics and concentrate on grinding out results.
"We are a young side but have got good Western League experience, we just need a couple of older heads to steady the ship. We have been playing a couple out of position to compensate for areas we are not that strong in.
"I have confidence in the lads that we have here but confidence amongst the team is low. We just need to string a couple of results together - however we do it - and hopefully kick on."
Chard played free-scoring Bradford Town on Tuesday and lock horns with high-flying Hengrove Athletic on Saturday.
"Hengrove are a typical Bristol side that are strong but have a couple of players that can do damage," said Fricker. "We can do that as well."