THE Worksop Town squad have vowed to put Saturday’s 4-0 beating by Hednesford behind them, according to new boy Lee Potts.
Originally a striker, Potts became a left-sided player at previous club Grantham, before signing at Sandy Lane for Simon Clark
The 23-year-old is yet to taste a league victory for his new club, since moving on New Year’s Eve.
And after the home humiliation on Saturday, he said his new team-mates were determined to get their promotion bid back on track.
“I’ve come in on the back of losing six or seven with Grantham, and then lost the first three in the league here, I feel like a bit of a curse,” he told the Guardian.
“On Saturday we got battered and when that happens you have to hold your hands up and say that the other side were better than you.”
“But everyone is pulling in the same direction, we were all talking in the warm down about putting it behind us and kicking on, because we can’t afford to let it affect us and we can’t afford to slip up – we’ve got to put things right.”
“It’s been hard to put my finger on what’s been going wrong for us in the last few games, and I haven’t seen anything to change my opinion that we’ve got one of the best squads in the league.”
Having won promotion with Grantham last season, Potts is well aware of how competitive the Evo-Stik Premier Division is, and expects another tough battle on Saturday at Witton Albion.
“They came up like Grantham last season, and they pass the ball very well, they’re strong and hard to break down, but you could say that about 15 or 16 teams in this league, anyone can beat anyone.”
And the British Gas engineer is hopeful of a second successive promotion, this time to the Conference North in the colours of Worksop Town.
“When I became aware that Worksop had made a bid for me, I was trying to push it forward.”
“I’ve known Freck (Dave Frecklington, assistant manager) a long time and he’s an honest bloke, he assured me that Clarky was a top coach – I’ve not had that for the last four years really, a football coach, someone with tactical nous.”
“I see this as a chance to improve as a footballer, and a chance to achieve something this season.”
“Providing we don’t slip up too many times, we’ll be up there.”
Describing his natural game as ‘direct’, Potts admits he prefers the attacking side of the game to stopping other teams from playing, but he’s not foreign to that kind of role having played wing-back for Grantham.
He added: “As long as I’m playing that’s the most important thing, whether it’s left wing or left-back.”
“I was a bit apprehensive about Clarky’s plans for me because he had a few wingers, but if I’m playing it doesn’t matter where.”
“He likes his full-backs to raid and that’s my natural thing to do, I like to get at people and get crosses in and that should help the big man up front (Tom Denton).”