Team Solent will be looking for a positive second half of the season after a disappointing campaign so far. Solent currently sits 19th on the table, only three points from the foot of the table which is currently occupied by Petersfield Town.
The main downfall for the side is the number of goals they have leaked this season. The side have conceded 53 goals in just 21 games.
With a busy Christmas schedule around the corner, Team Solent manager James Taylor is hopeful that his side can build on some positive league results and fire themselves back up the league table.
He said: “We knew it was going to be difficult but if we’re anywhere around the middle of the league table then we’ll be happy”.
The bar has already been set high as the Southampton based side finished 7th last season, whilst also reaching the semi-finals of the Wessex league cup, so the disappointing start makes it even tougher to take, especially when the side have performed well in previous years.
However, Taylor was quick to acknowledge the poor start to the season but outlined the main reason his side haven’t picked up where they left off last season.
He added: “We had a poor start to the season, as we usually do! We struggled to get a team together at first but over the last ten games, it’s pleasing to have a regular side”.
Team Solent face Porchester United on Saturday, a game where they will be looking for three vital points to continue the sides good form and Taylor was feeling upbeat about the challenge of facing a side who they are yet to beat after they received a 6-1 thrashing early in the season, but improved to draw 1-1 in the return fixture.
“The work rate is been extremely high and we’ve got some talented players so we know we can get a result against Porchester, as we’ve already taken a point off them this season”.
The side also had an impressive run in the FA Vase and Team Solent regular Ryan Dacres-Smith is keen to build on the good run in the cup, and take that confidence into their league campaign.
He said: “We just want to do the best we can, we’ve shown that on our day we can be up there with the best, so we can only try and do that in the league matches as well as the cup”.
However, Dacres-Smith was left frustrated at Team Solent’s poor start and admitted it was largely down to a lack of preparation during pre-season.
“I put our poor form at the start of the season, mainly because we didn’t have a pre-season, whereas other teams in the league did. But it’s difficult because we’re students and we can’t get up and down the country in the summer”.
As the hectic Christmas period rapidly approaches, Taylor and his side will be hoping they can maintain their good form, starting with a crucial 3 points against Porchester on Saturday.
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