We have been too up and down, admits Mangotsfield boss Richard Thompson
MANGOTSFIELD United boss Richard Thompson believes his side can mix it with the best on their day – but admits they need to have those days more often.
Thompson watched his side beat leaders Hungerford Town at Cossham Street a fortnight ago, before suffering a 3-0 defeat at the hands of promotion-chasing Merthyr Town on Saturday.
The players responded to that setback by claiming a 3-0 success against Bishop's Cleeve and Thompson said: "The little snapshot of results we've had over the last couple of weeks sums up our season pretty well.
"We've had some good days and we have had some bad days, but we've never really managed to sustain match-winning form over a period of games.
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"I know these boys can mix it with any team in the league on their day, but when you have a squad of predominantly young players, consistency is always the hardest thing to achieve."
Mangotsfield have not been helped by the elements at times and will again be a hostage to the weather this weekend with temperatures expected to drop to sub-zero in the next few days.
They are scheduled to host Bridgwater Town at Cossham Street tomorrow and Thompson said: "We hope we can get the game on. The lads are buzzing after Tuesday night's win and another game so quickly will help us capitalise on that feel-good factor.
"Pretty much every time we have won a game this season, the one after it has been cancelled for one reason or another and that has not helped us."
Thompson has bolstered his squad by signing out-of-favour winger Adnan Hiroli from Yate Town.
"We didn't want Adnan to leave, but we couldn't guarantee him regular first-team football," said Yate Town assistant Michael Meaker. "We wish him all the best because he's a great lad and was a fantastic servant for us."
Yate are scheduled to make the trip to Abingdon United tomorrow.
The Bluebells were due to play Shortwood United on Tuesday night before frost on the ground put paid to that fixture and Meaker said: "We had the players in for training instead.
"We did quite a bit of running because it is important to maintain general fitness any time there is a little period where you can't play any games.
"I'm hopeful we'll be able to play on Saturday, but we're already making moves to try to get on an artificial pitch if the game is called off."
Paulton Rovers boss Nick Bunyard has strengthened his play-off-chasing squad by taking winger Josh Egan on loan from Weston-super-Mare.
"Josh is a player we were very keen on signing when he left Chippenham in the summer," said Bunyard. "He decided to go and try his luck at Weston, but has struggled to establish himself because they have been on a good run of late.
"It's a good move for both parties, because Josh needs games and I'm confident he will make a useful contribution over the period of time he will be with us."
Egan goes straight into the squad for tomorrow's clash with Shortwood United at Winterfield Road.
"We've had a couple of games called off recently, so we'd like to get this one on if the weather lets us," said Bunyard. "We don't want to get caught up in a fixture backlog and we've also been in good form, so we'd like to play games to benefit from that."
He said: "Shortwood have more than held their own after winning promotion and their manager John Evans is doing a great job down there.
"We lost 5-1 to them at their place earlier in the season and I'd like to make amends for that because it was a really bad day at the office for us."
Bunyard must do without leading scorer James Billings and Bradley Norris, as both have other commitments.
Clevedon Town are scheduled to host leaders Hungerford Town in good spirits after Clayton Fortune's last-gasp equaliser secured a share of the spoils in their game against Evesham United last weekend.
Mickey Bell's side secured a surprise 3-1 victory, following a brace from Adie Adams and a strike from Curtis Jack, in the reverse fixture at Bulpit Lane earlier this season.