Gainsborough Trinity defender Callum Howe says that the atmosphere around the club is positive despite a stop-start Christmas period.
The Blues had gone five games unbeaten heading into the festive fixtures, but their momentum was interrupted after floodlight failure curtailed their game with North Ferriby and Saturday’s trip to Guiseley was postponed.
However, the young loanee from Scunthorpe United says it will take more than that to disrupt the feel-good factor around the team.
“In the home game against North Ferriby, we grew into the game in the second half and were the better side after half time.”
“We’re feeling confident and have the momentum to keep the run going.”
With the games coming thick and fast in January, the Blues welcome Stockport County on Saturday before entertaining Altrincham on Tuesday night.
Both sides have played in the Skrill Premier in recent seasons, and will provide Trinity with a stern test of their credentials heading into the second half of the season.
For Howe, his loan spell at Trinity has enabled him to feature in first team football whilst learning on the job from his experienced teammates.
“To play with guys like Dom Roma and Greg Young is great experience for me. They’ve both played at a higher level and are always giving good advice.”
“It’s the same with Steve (Housham) and (Scunthorpe manager) Russ Wilcox - they used to play centre half and have been really helpful.”
Having signed a professional contract in the summer of 2012 and playing on loan at Frickley Athletic and Bradford Park Avenue, the 19-year old has spent much of the last season with the Scunthorpe United reserve team.
However, the defender admitted that the first team football he has experienced at Gainsborough has been invaluable to his development,
“It’s completely different playing mens’ football. In the reserves, it’s a lot of first teamers looking to return to fitness.”
“Here the tempo is much higher and it’s a lot more competitive.”
One of the youngster’s most impressive traits has been his leadership and organisational abilities – skills that tend to develop later in a defender’s career.
Trinity manager Steve Housham has been effusive in his praise of his young charge, and Howe believes that those traits have been instilled in him from an early age.
“I was captain at youth level so it’s been expected of me from very early on in my career.”
“You learn to be a leader and I think that’s carried over whilst I’ve been here.”