Mossley joint manager Peter Band writes his first column for the Correspondent.
Though it looks like we won’t qualify for the Evo Stik League play offs, I am looking for us to have a strong finish to the season.
We lost four games in the last month, all away, and that killed our chances of making the top five.
When you look back on our season, I don’t think the lads deserve to finish outside the top 10.
And we are lucky to have the Manchester Premier Cup final to look forward so the players cannot afford to let their standards slip if they want to play against Stalybridge Celtic at the end of the month.
I cannot fault the attitude of the players as we saw on Saturday when we beat Lancaster, one of the division’s form teams. And we still have to play Northwich Victoria, Burscough and Spennymoor, who are all near the top, so we have some big games still to look forward to.
I don’t want to finish the season on a whim and, if we could win something like six of our last seven games, it would mean going into the cup final in good form.
We will be the underdogs as Stalybridge are two divisions higher than us but Curzon Ashton, who we beat in last season’s Manchester Premier Cup final, had just been promoted to Vanarama League North.
Lloyd (Morrisson, joint manager) and I are already looking towards next season. Hopefully we can keep most of the lads because I believe we have the nucleus of a successful side.
And if we can add a little gem, like we did when we found Tom Dean and Dave Short playing Sunday football for the Pack Horse in Macclesfield, that would be great.
They are players hungry to better themselves while we also have the likes of Godwin Abadaki who has been at Rochdale so we have a good mix.
I had hoped to keep last season’s side together and then lost five players in the summer so you never know what will happen and it is often difficult to plan ahead at our level.