Belper Town boss Jimmy Albans frustrated by postponement

Belper Town vs Rushall Olympic - Jimmy Albans - Pic By James Williamson
Belper Town vs Rushall Olympic - Jimmy Albans - Pic By James Williamson

Manager Jimmy Albans was left frustrated after Belper Town’s match against Ramsbottom United was postponed due to a frozen pitch.

The new boss said the postponement did nothing to help momentum for the Nailers as they try to succesfully avoid a seemingly inevitable relegation.

“We’ve not been able to get any continuity in our time here so far,” he said.

“It’s been very stop-start in terms of training and momentum.

“We appreciate that we are yet to get a result in our first three games, but I can assure you that we are seeing improvements every week both on the training field and on the pitch to suggest we will get results very soon.

“Things are certainly heading in the right direction.

The players are training very hard and we’re working on our game tactically which will help us for the remainder of the season.

“The most important thing for us moving forward is to ensure that we stop conceding sloppy goals.

“We have a habit of making things very difficult for ourselves.”

Albans has added two new faces to the squad this week, as 21-year-old Connor Marshall joined Belper on a one-month loan from Boston United, and 22-year-old Ben Turner has signed on a permanent transfer from Goole AFC.

“We’re excited to see the two new players in the team,” added Albans

“We signed them late last week so they haven’t trained with us yet, which is a shame because we couldn’t use the frozen pitch on Saturday to train for obvious reasons.

“Connor is a very good player, he is difficult to get past as he is strong in the tackle.

“He can play in a deep-lying central midfield position, at centre half, and possibly full-back too.

“Ben is also a good addition and he can play at right-back or right-midfield, which gives us more strength on that side.

“We are looking for a centre forward too to add to the quality of Jon (Froggatt) and Rob (Stevenson).”

Albans will hope the new signings and improvements in training will see him achieve his positive result next weekend away to Barwell.

Said Albans: “We’ve got a good session coming up on Tuesday as we play Belper United in a training game.

“This will help add to the players’ match fitness, and it gives us a chance to work specifically on the tactics we’ve looked to employ.”