SHERBORNE Town’s coaching staff hope playing catch-up with league games will build momentum, but have a plan in place if the demands of 2013 take their toll on numbers.
Jamie Manley’s Toolstation Western League Division One side are comfortably mid-table, although enter the New Year having played fewer games than any of their rivals.
Runs in the FA Cup and Vase have forced a string of postponements and leave the Raleigh Grove outfit facing a busy schedule of games.
However, assistant-manager Neil Waddleton said the club was prepared to deal with whatever was thrown their way.
“Games will come thick and fast but we know that, we will put up with that and get on with it,” he said. “We are a club going in the right direction and I am sure when people do need to come in we will be fine.
“Only one league game has actually been called off for anything other than a cup match and if you see any financial or club person they are not going to be complaining about those runs.
“Having a lot of games can drain playing resources and player availability, but it can go another way. If you are playing regularly you can also get momentum and you can start to see progression.
“We are hoping for the latter but we will also plan for losing players. We will help and support players but we have only just come out of a period of injuries and suspensions. We are hoping to get more settled, taking every game as it comes.”
The Dorset side crossed the county border to face Nik Flory’s promotion-chasing Chard Town yesterday and end 2012 with an outing on Keynsham Town’s third generation artificial surface on Saturday.
Even though he accepted Sherborne would have preferred to have points already on the board, Waddleton said the team were relishing the challenge ahead.
He said: “I think it is a start that we are getting points on the board. Teams around are dropping points all of the time and you have to make the most of that.
“When you look at the games in hand, I know we have got to win those but we will back ourselves and we will go into each one positive.
“If you can get games played and start to move up the table it always looks better when you are reading the paper on a Thursday, seeing your team higher.
“We have got to win those games. It is all there to be played for, we have just got to take every game as it comes, see who is available and make sure the lads go out there and enjoy the games as well as put in a performance capable of winning games.”