James Mallows admits it has been “tough” for his Whitworth team in the ChromaSport United Counties League Premier Division so far this season.
Having been promoted from Division One, the Flourmen kicked off their campaign with back-to-back wins against Peterborough Northern Star and Deeping Rangers.
But just one win has followed in the 11 matches they have played in the league since then.
However, far from being downhearted, Mallows is looking ahead and he is hoping a local derby with Rothwell Corinthians this weekend will help get his team back on track.
Corinthians sit in the top six but have suffered two defeats in a row, the latest of which was a 5-1 home loss to Wellingborough Town last Saturday.
Mallows said: “It’s been tough and it’s been made harder due to the injuries, suspensions and unavailability we have had in the squad.
“I can’t remember the last time we fielded the same starting 11 in successive games.
“To be honest, we haven’t been playing badly, we are just getting punished.
“The strikers in this league are ruthless. In Division One, you would sometimes get away with it but you don’t at this level.
“But we have to keep going. I am hoping to bring a couple in before the weekend to bolster the squad.
“I am still not sure how we lost the game over at Corinthians, we had enough chances to win.
“But they have had a tough time in the last couple of matches and hopefully we can take advantage of that.
“It would be great if we could get some more points on the board and then see if we can get on a bit of a run.”
Desborough Town will be looking to keep up their fine form when they entertain Boston Town at the Waterworks Field this weekend.
Ar Tarn secured a superb 2-0 victory at Wellington in the first round of the FA Vase last Saturday.
That win earned them a home clash with Pinxton in the second round on Saturday, November 11.
Wellingborough Town went from one extreme to the other in the space of just three days.
The Doughboys claimed a fine 5-1 success at Rothwell Corinthians last weekend but were brought back down to earth as strugglers ON Chenecks picked up their first win of the season with a 5-2 victory at the Dog & Duck on Tuesday night.
Mark Pryor, with a penalty, and Deven Ellwood were on target for Wellingborough who face a tough test at third-placed Daventry Town this weekend.
Raunds Town picked up one of their best wins of the Division One season so far as they re-opened a gap at the top of the table on Tuesday.
The Shopmates headed to previously unbeaten Potton United and produced a fine first-half display to have the game done and dusted by the break.
Ty Clark opened the scoring before Joe Malkin doubled the lead. And Adam Randall completed the scoring six minutes before half-time.
It’s been a good week for Irchester United who followed up their NFA Junior Cup win over Cogenhoe United Reserves with a 4-0 league success against rock-bottom Stewarts & Lloyds.
Ryan Lovell scored twice for the Romans while Matty O’Neill and an own-goal made up their tally.
Elsewhere in midweek, Burton Park Wanderers picked up a point on the road as they drew 1-1 at Long Buckby.
This weekend, leaders Raunds host Melton Town while Irchester face a tough trip to second-placed Pinchbeck United.
Wanderers have home advantage against Oakham United, Thrapston Town play Bourne Town at Chancery Lane and S&L are on the road again at Harrowby United.
Rushden & Higham United, meanwhile, are in Junior Cup action as they take on Northants Combination outfit Wollaston Victoria at Hayden Road in a second-round tie.
The Lankies suffered a 5-2 defeat at Buckingham Town on Wednesday night as the hosts moved to within three points of leaders Raunds.