Debenham LC head coach Stuart Reavell has said he needs to restore credibility after Saturday’s selection shambles.
Reavell was forced to name himself and first-team coach Dale Vince as part of a 10- man line-up in the 2-0 defeat at Haverhill Borough.
It leaves the Thurlow Nunn League First Division outfit with just one point from their first four matches and Reavell says tomorrow’s FA Vase tie against Enfield 1893 (3pm), a competition they have failed to win a game in over the last six years, is the perfect opportunity to put things right.
“We’ve had a tough start to the season, it would be lovely to put in a good performance and restore some credibility after last weekend,” he said.
“We are looking to break that duck. The cup competitions are a good chance to rebuild and give us some confidence heading into our league fixtures.”
The Hornets boss says selection issues are partly to blame for his side’s sluggish start but that also that his team has to improve.
“Key players have been missing, including our captain Tom Fenner, so the responsibility on the pitch has to fall to the other senior players.
“Everyone understands their role and it’s still not been good enough but we have to move on and dig deep. There is no charity at this club, every player has to work hard and do their job and all it takes is a couple of results to get our confidence back.”
Debenham are back in league action on Wednesday night as they travel to Needham Market Reserves (7.45pm) and Reavell insists that the club must remain calm despite their poor start.
“I’ve been doing the job long enough to know that there is no cause for panic,” he said. “The season is 36 games long. Of course there will be concern on the terraces but in previous seasons we have started well and faded so hopefully this season we can do things the other way around.”
The club have recruited Sam Ross from Cornard United and are also targeting one or two more new faces to bolster their options and Reavell, whose side finished seventh last season, is still confident of another good season.
“It’s been a test of character but with the right work ethic and a bit of momentum we can make progress.
“We are looking forward to the FA Vase match and hopefully we can spring a surprise.”
n Diss Town are in First Division action as they travel to Ely City tomorrow (3pm), a team they were relegated alongside last season.
The Tangerines are six points behind current leaders Halstead Town, who are in FA Vase action.