Town suffer sixth consecutive defeat

Sleaford Town Football Club
Sleaford Town Football Club

Sleaford Town’s losing streak in the UCL Premier League now stands at six following two defeats last week.

Town lost 4-1 at Harborough Town on Saturday, having suffered a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Deeping Rangers on the previous Tuesday.

Their last points came more than a month ago in a 1-1 draw at home to Long Buckby AFC, the league’s bottom club.

Their last win was a fortnight earlier, October 25, against Cogenhoe United - currently the league’s fourth placed team.

Town are now 17th in the league of 21, with the season roughly at its halfway point.

On whether relegation presented a threat, even with still half a season to go, assistant manager Terry Fleming said: “We are in a position where we have got some points on the board which is good because the form that we are in is relegation form.”

He added: “We need to start picking up points.”

Fleming said Town started strongly against Harborough and Deeping Rangers Town, but failed to take advantage of the chances created, before then handing the initiative to the opposition. It is not the first time he has made such an observation this season.

“We are just making a mountain to climb,” he said. “We have got to turn these good starts into even better starts by scoring or if we don’t score we have to make sure they don’t score with their first attack.”

Fleming said Town may move away from the style of football it has been playing, adopting a less attacking format, in the hope of ending its losing streak.

Alternative approaches were on the agenda for yesterday’s (Tuesday’s) training session, he said.

Speaking to The Standard on Monday, he said: “We will have a chat together and come up with something because for all the good play we are not getting results.”

Fleming stressed the importance of opening goals in turning around Town’s fortunes.

He said: “We start off games with confidence and it shows in our play, but heads to tend to drop when we do concede and that’s probably a natural reaction in the run of form we are in.

“A first goal for Sleaford is massively, massively important.”

Town’s next Premier League clash comes on the road against 10th placed Desborough Town on Saturday.

The pair drew 2-2 when Town hosted them at Eslaforde Park earlier in the season.

Fleming said it would be a ‘tough game’, crediting Desborough with strength from set pieces and a ‘direct’ style.