AFTER a steady and unbeaten start to his Guiseley tenure, Paul Cox admits he is now looking for more in tomorrow’s National League home encounter with high-flying Dover Athletic.
Three games have yielded successive draws, including back-to-back points at Barrow and Wrexham, with Cox seeking gloss to those two very decent results on the road with a first win of his reign tomorrow.
He said: “I think the positive thing from Saturday is that it was the first time I have seen the players come off the field and be annoyed that they haven’t won.
“Their mindset was totally different to previous games. We went away to a club who have spent a lot of money in the summer and have a great infrastructure and fanbase and the boys were gutted that they didn’t win.
“That is a bit of progression for me. They are understanding that they are doing things okay. But there is still an understanding that we need to improve on certain things.
“That is key now. We have had three good performances and half-decent results, but now I want the players to believe in getting the three points and not the one, especially on our home ground.
“I have spoken to the players about going away from home and if you get a point that’s brilliant. But if you win your home game, it is four points over two games and that normally gets you in a healthy position.
“We have done okay and the players have shown a tremendous work ethic and mindset. Now I am looking for more; you always need to improve. Against Dover, I am wanting us to be positive and try and score goals and take the game to a team who have started well.
On Dover, he added: “They have done fabulous and Chris (Kinnear) has done a fabulous job and deserves all the accolades which are coming his way.
“They have been consistently in the higher reaches of the division for two or three years. The way they have started off this season, having basically done it with a new squad, has been impressive. He deserves all the plaudits.”
Cox is keeping his fingers crossed that Raul Correia and Jake Lawlor will be fit for tomorrow’s game, while James Wesolowski and Frank Mulhern boosted their fitness levels in a behind-closed-doors game on Tuesday, playing 45 and 90 minutes, respectively.
The Nethermoor chief was also hopeful of Alex Purver’s chances of returning to the fray in last night’s training session.
He said: “Steadily, it would be nice to have a full quota of players available to put a bit of pressure on myself. I think it is a nice headache to have and I’d rather have a full quota and make horrible decisions rather than have a threadbare squad and the decision-making be taken out of my hands.”
PONTEFRACT COLLIERIES will look to translate their flying start to the new NCE League season into the FA Vase tomorrow with a trip to Winsford United awaiting in the second qualifying round.
Pontefract sit top of the NCE League Premier Division following eight wins from their first nine games and the leaders will be on their travels to Cheshire seeking a place in the Vase’s first round proper.
Winsford ply their trade in the North West Counties League Premier Division and sit fifth after a decent beginning to their own campaign which has yielded four wins from their first nine league games.
A whole host of NCE League teams are on Vase duty tomorrow with Hemsworth Miners Welfare entertaining fellow NCE Premier Division side Liversedge.
Hemsworth sit third while Sedge are down in 14th.
Garforth Town welcome Nelson while Glasshoughton Welfare entertain AFC Darwen.
AFC Emley are one of several NCE League teams on their travels with a trip to Cheshire side Sandbach United in the offing.
NCE League Division One leaders Knaresborough Town are away at Sunderland side Jarrow Roofing Boldon CA while Nostell Miners Welfare go to Cheshire team Alsager Town.
Harrogate Railway also have an away day at County Durham outfit Willington.
In the NCE League Premier Division, 12th-placed Thackley face the trip to seventh-placed Bridlington Town.
In Division One, second plays third respectively as Yorkshire Amateur welcome Campion.
Campion are already eight points behind leaders Knaresborough Town such has been the ferocity of Boro’s flying start.
Ammers, though, could move within one point of top spot with a victory, albeit having played a game more.
Eighth-placed Eccleshill United also welcome 11th-positioned Swallownest.
BOSS Adam Lakeland is backing his Farsley Celtic side to provide the perfect response to a surprise six-goal drubbing in tomorrow afternoon’s Evo- Stik Premier Division clash with visiting Barwell at Throstle Nest.
Farsley approached Tuesday night’s encounter at Altrincham following a fine start to the season with back-to-back wins against Grantham Town and Halesowen Town having put the Celts within striking distance of top spot.
Yet an Alty side who have now climbed up to eighth in the table, recorded a 6-0 victory that had Celts boss Lakeland apologising to the club’s fans and taking full responsibility for the horror show.
Despite the heavy defeat, Farsley remain fifth and just one point behind leaders Witton Albion ahead of tomorrow’s visit of 12th-placed Barwell.
Just two points separate the division’s top six.
Lakeland told Farsley Celtic’s official site: “I’m disappointed that we didn’t give a better account of ourselves as the lads have been fantastic so far this season and even when we have been beaten previously, we have fought till the end and been a difficult team to beat.
“On Tuesday we were just miles off it and sometimes you get performances like that and as a manager it’s frustrating as you can’t quite put your finger on why.
“I would like to apologise to the supporters who travelled to the game and as manager, I take full responsibility for the result.
“In saying that, we have a great group of lads who are hurting from this result and it’s up to us now to bounce back when we take on Barwell at the Nest on Saturday.”
Elsewhere in the Premier Division tomorrow, fifth-bottom Whitby Town welcome eighth-bottom Marine.
In Division One, rock-bottom Ossett Albion will look to pick up their first victory of the season when they entertain fifth-bottom rivals Radcliffe Borough.
Second-bottom Goole AFC visit tenth-placed Colwyn Bay.
Ninth-positioned Tadcaster Albion welcome 14th-placed Kendal Town while fifth-placed Scarborough Athletic go to third-bottom Skelmersdale United.
Ossett Town – who sit 12th – are away at a Hyde United side sat in seventh.