HELLENIC LEAGUE: Hopkins hoping time will tell
NEW College boss Rob Hopkins is hoping more time to work with his players will translate into good results as the students bid to find a greater consistency in their game.
Although his side were knocked out of the FA Vase last weekend by Staines Lammas Hopkins was pleased with their performance in the 2-0 defeat, but is hoping they will get back to winning ways when they face bottom side Letcombe in Hellenic League Division One West today.
New College struggled in the early months of last season before putting together a good run after Christmas to move up the table, and Hopkins is hoping increased contact time with his players will ensure they don’t leave it so late this time around.
“It will take time like it did last season, but we want to build on our good performances and turn them into results,” he said.
“We’re benefiting from the fact a lot of them are in and training more regularly this year which means we have a chance to get some hands on development, and hopefully that moves into the game.
“We played well last week, and we try and drill it in to them that given how young our squad is the key issue is going to be consistency, and you need it to be competitive week in week out in our division.
“We want that consistency of performance and then the consistency of results, and hopefully that will mean we can have more points going into Christmas than we did last year based on the fact we have more time on them.”
With the majority of the students’ league rivals in Challenge Cup action this weekend, Hopkins is hoping his side can take advantage of their lack of action to move into the top half.
“Most of the other teams are playing in the cup but we have been given a bye, and that means we have a chance to build on what we did against Staines and get a positive result while nobody else is playing,” he said. “Hopefully we should get a positive performance based on what the players did last week and we will see where we are at 5pm on Saturday.
“They’re still learning and getting better all the time and are getting their heads round the fact they need to do it week in week out, and they’re aware that our performances have been good but let down by little mistakes.”
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