Belper Town boss Jimmy Albans says side must improve mental fitness

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Belper Town boss Jimmy Albans says his side must improve their mental fitness if they are to start winning games again.

The Nailers dropped two points against Grantham on Saturday after they were unable to hold on to a point.

It is the latest in many matches this season which has seen relegated Belper throw points away late on.

Said Albans: “I was having this discussion with the players on the dressing room after the game.

“The players I have brought in came from clubs where they weren’t maybe playing week in, week out, and it affects your fitness.

“I don’t believe it’s a a physical problem however, because the players give me everything they have got in every game and are worthy of an applause for their commitment.

“But we seem to get to the last ten minutes and it’s like a stigma attached to the team.

“You can see they’re still competing to 50/50 balls, winning their tackles, and creating openings of their own.

“But to keep conceding late on game after game is no coincidence.”

“I thought the first 20 minutes of each half we were the better team, and for the last 25 minutes of each half they were the better teams.

“But I don’t think there was much in it either side, and we felt we were worthy of a result.

“However we can’t say we deserved a point, because we didn’t get one, and it has happened far too often this season.

“If it happens once in a while you can come away feeling unlucky and hard done by.

“But we can’t feel like that, as we don’t have the right to.”

The Nailers are routed to the bottom of the table, but Albans is convinced his side won’t finish bottom of the league come the end of the season.

“We won’t finish bottom,” he said. “Alright Trafford have two games in hand on us, but we have winnable football games still to play, including Trafford on the final day.

“Results like the one Grantham, the one at Nantwich and the one against Whitby would not have happened had we have been mid table having won a number of games, because we’d go in to each game with that swagger, but it’s very hard when you go such a long time without winning, and you feel the pressure every time you go out there.”