WIMBORNE Town are hoping to return to form on Saturday when the Magpies host Fleet Town as they continue their target of reaching the Southern League Division One South and West playoffs.
Steve Cuss’ side will not be taking struggling Fleet Town for granted as the Magpies look to recover from last weekend’s 7-0 demolition at Paulton Rovers and Tuesday’s Dorset Senior Cup exit at Poole Town.
“It will be a tough game” explained Cuss. “If you had looked at it a week ago when we were playing particularly well – we would be very confident going into that game. However, you’ve got to look at it and ask can we bounce back from the last two results.
“I believe in the players, I believe that we have a good squad and they’re capable of bouncing back and get positive results.
“It’s going to be a tough week for us. We got to Merthyr on Tuesday then we have Shortwood next Saturday so hopefully we can get enough points to keep pushing forward.”
Cuss has called on his entire team to defend better, and could be boosted by the return of Ian Oliver to the Magpies squad.
Despite a difficult week, the Magpies should be confident facing basement side Fleet – who have only won once this season. The visitors have only scored 12 league goals, compared to Wimborne’s 40 goal tally.
Oliver is one of several new additions to the Wimborne team – bringing added pressure to get results.
“I think you bring pressure on yourself” added Cuss. “This is my third season here, and we have to get better every year.
“I think we’re doing that but we have to keep pushing forward and with the quality players we have brought in, we have to demand some good results from that. I feel the pressure every time – I want to win games of football.
“We’re sixth in the league, but the cup competitions haven’t gone well for us. Ultimately, if we can get ourselves in those playoffs, then who knows what could happen at the end of the season. That has to be our target now.”
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