Last season was a 'learning curve for us all' says Selston FC boss
Last season’s step up in class proved to be ‘a massive learning curve’ for everyone at Selston FC, according to boss Carl Moore.
The Parishioners ended their first season at step five level rock-bottom of Midland Football League’s Premier Division.
It capped another big step up the football ladder for the former Notts Senior League champions.
And Moore, who took charge of the strugglers at the start of December, is confident the club have now learned from their mistakes.
“We learned a lot of stuff about ourselves,” he said. “Self belief was something that massively affected us around that period of September/October time.
“We took some beatings early on in the season and, at times, between us, we felt we looked out of depth and we were worried.
“Players being unavailable because they were working shifts, and some midweek games, hit us hard.
“We couldn’t get the squad out that we wanted because of work commitments and that is where we feel we let ourselves down.
“We couldn’t get the squad out that justified us being in that league and I think it left a few players demoralised.
“But we managed that much better towards the end of the season and we managed to grab a few good points and then I took over.
“We went to Romulus and gave them a real good game. They scored in the last couple of minutes and we lost 3-2.
“I think that brought self belief up as they were fourth, but we showed we could compete.
“We went to Newark and lost 3-2 in a similar game. They were top of the league and we could have got something from the game.”
“The big defeats stick in our memory and will spur us on to be better. It was a really big learning curve for us all as a team, a club and as individuals.
“We are ready to mount a decent challenge and do better than last time, that is our aim.”
The Parish Hall Ground side are likely to go into the new season with the nucleus of the current side still in place.
And Moore, who is keen to bring in more depth to cope with the demands of travelling and player unavailability, believes the new campaign will allow Selston to finally prove themselves.
“It is frustrating how this has come about,” he added. “We felt we could beat the teams we still had left to play and get out of trouble.
“We feel we have not been able to prove ourselves. We are thankful we can stay at step five, it’s a massive achievement for the club.
“We had a good look last season and worked out how the travelling affected us. We are more aware of it now.
“We feel a lot more prepared as a club and that we have identified players that can come and add to what we have got.
“We are not looking to replace, we want to add. We feel we have got enough in the squad.
“At the same time I have to get the right balance. We can’t have too many players or we will have six or seven not playing every weekend who will look for other clubs.”
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