Hednesford Town boss Rob Smith has lamented the tough run of fixtures since Christmas which has seen his side struggle to replicate their form of 2011 but is confident his target of the play off’s is still very much achievable.
The Pitmen have played seven, won two, drawn two, lost three in 2012 but Smith is keen to stress how difficult a run those games were and stated the two victories were against arch rivals Stafford Rangers and league leaders Chester.
‘Look at the fixtures we have had, its been a very difficult time, with the majority being away as well. We had two great wins and a couple of decent draws. I don’t think its necessarily a dip in form, it has just been a hard time in terms of fixtures coinciding with suspensions to key players and losing a couple of key members of the squad to other teams.’
‘We have had an ambitious target all season and if we achieve it we will certainly make the play offs. Realistically we will need to win half of those games remaining at least and I am confident my players can do that.’
Smith’s side now face two tricky away matches against less fashionable teams in the division, Frickley Athletic and Whitby Town on the following two Saturday’s and the manager stressed how important it is to enter those games with a positive mindset.
‘The next two away games are ones at the start of the season you look at and know you are going to be in for a hard time but we are in the business end of the season now and must be positive in our approach.’