A much-needed win remains top of Kevin Wilson’s agenda this week - and the Ilkeston FC boss believes it is not far away as his team prepares for two home games in four days.
The Robins have lost four out of their last five league games, the latest being a 2-1 defeat at home to Ashton United on Saturday.
And with Whitby Town set to visit the New Manor Ground in the league on Saturday and Gresley FC arriving for a Derbyshire Senior Cup tie on Tuesday, Wilson feels a victory would help kick-start the Robins’ campaign.
He said: “We’ve got back into the habit of playing quite well but not doing enough to get points, which obviously needs addressing.
“We’re only losing narrowly and I feel if we can get ourselves in front we’ll go on and win games, but too often we’re chasing them, as was the case again on Saturday when Ashton scored out of the blue.
“But we have to keep working hard and turn the corner. We’ve hit the woodwork eight times in the last three games which tells you a bit about how our luck is going, but we can’t make excuses as you create your own luck and that’s the case in both penalty boxes. The harder you work, the more luck you’re likely to get.”
Whitby arrive on Saturday just three points behind Ilkeston with a game in hand, but five of their six wins this season have come on the road. The Robins drew 1-1 with Darren Williams’ men on the opening day of the season.
Wilson added: “We’re just four points off the play-off zone but at the same time it’s very tight behind us too, so a win or a defeat can see you move up or down several places.
“We beat Whitby twice last season so psychologically that can give us an edge.”
With goalkeeper Lloyd Allinson’s loan spell from Huddersfield Town having come to an end, Wilson says he is considering whether to extend it for another month, recall contracted keeper Rob Peet from his loan at Ossett Town, or explore the option of a new face altogether.
Wilson also explained he hopes to give key midfielder Matt Richards some minutes in a reserve game at Football CV Reds on Friday following a spell out injured.
On the Derbyshire Senior Cup clash with Gresley, Wilson said: “We are the holders so want to do well in the tournament again. We may give a few players minutes who haven’t featured too much but we’ll certainly be taking the game very seriously.”