PHIL Male has called on the Tividale players to start picking up points in 2016 ahead of Saturday’s EVO-STIK Northern Premier League, First Division South fixture at Belper Town.
Coincidentally, Dale’s last league victory was against their Derbyshire counterparts back in September, a 4-2 victory at The Beeches.
And the 36-year-old, who will take charge of his second fixture in sole charge of the Black Country outfit insists his side must start picking up points in the new year to raise confidence levels within the camp.
“We have to start winning – it’s as simple as that,” said the former Sutton Coldfield Town defender.
“On far too many occasions so far this season we have let leads slip away, particularly in the closing stages of games.
“It’s not a new problem, either. It happened on the very first day of the season against Shaw Lane Aquaforce.
“We could have feasibly had double the amount of points we currently have in my opinion, and that’s what is the most disappointing aspect for everyone concerned with Tividale at this moment.”
Tivi will start 2016 bottom of First Division South table with a sizeable gap to their nearest rivals but Male believes all is not lost if his players can cut out the silly mistakes of 2015.
“I think individual errors have cost us all season long. In general, our play hasn’t been too bad, but we have shown naivety too many times, and it needs to be addressed.
“We have good players. Chris Sterling has 14 goals to his name. Farquharson, Rabone, Mark Danks and Demetri Brown are all good attacking options but we do need to improve defensively.
“I believe we can do it. Everyone at the Club is working tremendously hard and hopefully our luck will turn to a certain degree, too.”