MOSSLEY manager Dave Wild writes exclusively for the Correspondent and discusses his side’s inconsistent start to the season in which they inflicted a first defeat on runaway leaders Workington Town yet lost at bottom club Pickering, whose one league win was against the Lilywhites.
I have always maintained you cannot pay too much significance to the first 10 games of the season which don’t mean anything.
Teams are still striving to get a settled side and achieve continuity after bringing in new players.
You are never going to go through a 38-game season without losing a game and, as we have seen so far, our division is difficult.
We dismantled Workington who were top and unbeaten with an unbelievable performance in which we showed we have a very strong side.
While we beat the top-of-the-table team we then lost to Pickering, the side which is bottom.
We also had an impressive 5-0 home win against Kendal and yet Kendal beat Pickering, who we lost to.
That proves anyone can beat anyone and it will promises to be an interesting season.
We had an off day on Saturday (Sept 21) when we lost 4-0 at home to Tadcaster who scored three of their goals in a nine-minute spell in the opening half. They were outstanding and you could see why they are being tipped for the title.
In fairness we showed guts and determination in the second half when we hit the bar and post and created countless chances.
It was somewhat bizarre as we were without a game due to Dunston being in the FA Cup.
We were slotted in to play at Tadcaster but the game was switched to Seel Park due to the road world cycle championships being held in Yorkshire.
We were without defenders Andy Keogh and Steve Mason on Saturday as they were unavailable believing we had no game.
Andy has dropped back from midfield to centre-back since Adam Jones left.
We kept clean sheets against Workington and City of Liverpool in his first two games when he looked comfortable in a defensive role.
Though we have lost Adam, Max Leonard and Mike Fish, we still have a very strong squad which we expect to be challenging at the top.
We have brought in James Baillie from Curzon Ashton and he was outstanding in the wins against Workington and City of Liverpool and he looks a great addition to the squad.
We also have Godwin Abadaki and Astley Mulholland to return from injury and they have been huge misses.