Mossley provide management’s first test

Tim ChannonFirst Team

NEW manager Alan Morgan says he wants the players to enjoy the challenge of turning around the team’s fortunes as he and assistant Craig Hogg take charge for the first time in Saturday’s home game against Mossley (3pm kick off).

 Seven games without a win, including four successive defeats, has seen the team drop to 14th place  in the Evo-stik North.
 The new boss admits: “The league table doesn’t lie, so there is something not right and its up to me to find the answers – but if the lads play like they have trained this week then I’ll be made up.
  “Most of all I’m looking for the players to go out there and enjoy themselves.
“I’ve told them to go out and express themselves and enjoy it, and if they can perform and work hard then the results will come – and hopefully that starts on Saturday.”
 The Bay face a Mossley side who are three points ahead of them, having played a game more, but have won only one of their seven away league games this season. That was on the first day of the season at Kendal and since then they’ve lost four and drawn two, with only four teams having picked up less points on their travels.
 So the opportunity is there for the new management team, including newly installed coach Neil Coverley, to get off to a winning start.
  The new boss has put his faith in the players already here to turn things round, but has warned that if they fail to respond or put in the work that is needed he will bring in replacements.
 “The players know what I want from them and they know if they don’t train they don’t play,” he added.
 He looks likely to be without striker Jamie Rainford against Mossley due to a thigh injury suffered at Kendal last weekend and which has prevented him training, but Danny Bartle has looked sharp in training after scoring his first goal of an injury-hit campaign last weekend, and has a chance of making his first home start of season.