Hednesford Town boss Rob Smith vented his frustration at the lack of bite up front during The Pitmen’s 0-0 stalemate against Nantwich Town on Saturday at Keys Park.
The two points dropped from Hednesford’s point of view, coupled with victories for Marine, FC United, Bradford and Chorley made it an even worse day for Smith and his players, who according to the manager, simply haven’t been good enough in the past few weeks.
‘Saturday was not the first time, I can point to many games since Xmas where the players have shown a lack of mental strength. We have done nothing different to earlier in the season but they have not been able to cope for whatever reason.’
Smith changed the formation to include the creative talents of Liam Blakeman and Chris Clements with Gary Hay spearheading a one man attack but once the veteran striker limped off on the quarter-hour, The Pitmen rarely threatened a resolute Nantwich defence.
‘Gary Hay going off injured early on didn’t help but I was disappointed in our forward play again after that, as I have been for some time. We pushed for a winner because we needed and wanted to win, but we just huffed and puffed with no real quality and that’s why we didn’t break the deadlock.’
Hednesford welcome Kendal Town to Keys Park on Saturday three points behind an in-form FC United and trailing fourth-placed Chorley by five points with the Lancashire team’s game in hand against third-placed Bradford on Tuesday night and Smith has called for a big improvement if his team are to get a result.
‘We must improve massively if we are to get anything, if we play with a similar lack of bite up front against Kendal we will struggle again.’