Davis keen to improve on last season’s efforts

Gainsborough Trinity v AFC Telford. Liam Davis scores for Trinity G130831-6h
Gainsborough Trinity v AFC Telford. Liam Davis scores for Trinity G130831-6h

Trinity midfielder Liam Davis is determined to make sure his side enjoy a more successful campaign next season after narrowly avoiding relegation last time out.

Steve Housham has been vocal about his disappointment of the 2013/14 season after targeting a top 10 finish.

But Davis is sure next season will see the Blues bring success back to the Northolme.

He said: “Last season was disappointing.”

“We knew things would be different to previous years but we had a good enough squad to have done better than we did.”

“We had times where is we had put a little run together we could have pushed on up the league but we never had consistency over four or five games.”

Trinity’s survival was confirmed in April after a 6-0 thumping of Oxford City and despite the season ending in a positive light, Davis says that looking to just survive next season should not be the target.

“To just survive shouldn’t be in any player’s mindset; we should all be looking to achieve the highest position possible.”

“A top 10 finish is a good start but I for one would like to achieve better than that.”

On a personal level, the winger, who joined from Brigg Town last summer, knows his first season at the club could have been better but is fully confident in pushing on next season.

“I feel it’s been okay; I felt I started well but struggled to consistently play at the level needed.”

“I felt I struggled to cope with the jump up two divisions at times but with a season under my belt I feel more confident in my ability to play at this level.”

“I am definitely aiming to hold down a starting position.”

“Housh knows the sort of level I can play at and if I can get some consistency to go with it then I feel I can become a regular throughout the season.”

The fact that the team didn’t achieve what they could have last season is widely known but with the majority of the squad being offered new deals Davis feels it can only mean good things going into next year.

“We know the calibre of players we possess and if they sign on again next year it will be brilliant for the club and shows that we aren’t just there to try and survive.”

Full back Josh Lacey, who picked up the Trinity fans’ Most Improved Player award at Saturday’s end of season presentation, is the first player to sign a new deal at the Northolme.

Simon Russell walked away with two awards on the evening, picking up the Players’ Player and Supporters Player of the Year awards.

There were also two awards for Ciaran Toner who was manager Steve Housham’s Player of the Year as well as the Directors’ Player of the Year.