‘Goals can get us away from danger’, says interim Belper Town boss Mark Froggatt

Belper Town celebrate. Pic by Tim Harrison
Belper Town celebrate. Pic by Tim Harrison
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Interim managers Jon Froggatt and Mark Ward believes Belper Town’s goalscoring form can help them climb to safety.

The Nailers suffered a second consecutive defeat at the hands of Blyth Spartens on Saturday afternoon after they were on the wrong end of a seven goal thriller.

Despite currently sitting at the foot of the table, the Nailers are the fourth highest goal scorers in the league with 21 goals, and Froggatt hopes that this can be a platform for recovery for his side.

And Froggatt, who scored the Nailers second goal of the game, said he was disappointing with the result as Belper look to pull away from the foot of the table.

“Myself and Mark feel a little disappointed and upset with the goals we have conceded, given how well we played going forward in the game,” said Froggatt.

“Going forward is not a problem, we’ve been good going forward all season. But we are clearly conceding too many goals. This isn’t a criticism directed towards the defenders, as we need to defend better as a team.

“However, with the options we’ve got in the squad, I am more than confident that as the season goes on we’ll tighten up and continue to express ourselves and our ‘goals for’ tally can help us climb up the table if we continue at the same rate.

“We set ourselves really high standards last Saturday and we got the win we needed. Even on Tuesday, despite losing the game 2-1, we played ever so well and we were pleased with the way we played all over the field. Unfortunately on Saturday we conceded sloppy goals.

“However, I give great credit to the lads, as we played much better in the second half and it was a shame we didn’t get anything out of the game in the end. “The first half belonged to Blyth, but the second half I feel we just shaded, and that’s reflected by the second half score line.”

“This is a tough league, and everybody is beating everybody, so there are no easy games. But that also gives us confidence going in to games because we know we can compete and try to take something from each game.”

Winger Rob Stevenson was taken to hospital during the game after being knocked unconscious and suffering concussion, but Froggatt has confirmed it is not as bad as first feared.

“We’ve been told that Rob needs to stay away for physical activity for a week, so that will certainly rule him out of Tuesday’s game. From there, we will have to assess how he is next weekend. He will be a miss, as we don’t have another type of player like Rob, so we may have to shift the tactics around a little going in to Tuesday’s game.”

“There are a lot of positives to take from our time in charge so far. We’ve only been in the job two weeks, but the response we’ve had from the club, the fans and from the players on the field has been terrific. We are not miracle workers, but me and Mark will be doing everything we can to ensure that we improve all over the field, and we climb up the table sooner rather than later.”