Harleston Town boss Danny Crow is looking to avoid second season syndrome in the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division and mount another play-off push
With four wins from their first five league games, Harleston Town boss Danny Crow is hoping to avoid the dreaded second season syndrome and make a charge towards the play-offs again.
After promotion to the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division in 2021/22, Crow’s Harleston made an impressive entrance last season, finishing the campaign third in the table, and their eyes are firmly set on reaching the newly-introduced play-off places.
The 2-1 win on Tuesday night at home to Kirkley and Pakefield sits the club fourth in the early league table.
“We’ve had a very good start to the league, four wins from five, and there’s a lot that we’re happy with but we’ve just got to take it game by game,” said Crow.
“The frustrating thing for me is we keep going behind in games and it’s very difficult to keep starting like that.
“The positive is that the lads believe they can keep getting something out of the game even when they go one or two goals down and when we’ve had difficult situations this season, the lads and the staff have remained the same, trying to keep the positive energy and enjoyable environment around the club.”
If the team are going to hit the heights of last season, they are going to have to weather a storm full of injuries and suspensions. With a thin squad already, Harlseton will be without Chris Henderson (injured), Harrison Hide (injured), Liam Jackson (suspended) and Elliot Pride (concussion) for their trip to Newmarket Town tomorrow (3pm).
“Last year the teams who finished above us, or in and around us, had bigger and better squads. That’s not to put down the lads who were on the bench last year, that’s something that we’re trying to improve,” said Crow.
“Everyone sets standards for their team and our aim was if we could finish in the play-offs then it will be a very successful season again. I’m very anxious in this league that when teams come up into it, what tends to happen is they tend to have a mediocre second season – that’s not what I want.”
Chairman, Adam Mullin, wanted a strong cup run this season, but Harleston were knocked out by Thetford Town 5-1 in the FA Vase and Kempton Rovers 3-2 in the FA Cup, and they have a tough run of fixtures coming up where their resilience will be tested.
But Harleston have made a strong start to the season due to their tight knit group and positive mentality, and they will hope this can continue throughout the campaign.