Craig Denton has issued a reminder, as much to himself as anyone else, that his Worksop team are a ‘brand new’ outfit and should be judged accordingly.
The Tigers boss has been frustrated by recent displays, after their eight game unbeaten streak was followed by a three-game winless run.
Worksop went down 3-2 at home to Hemsworth on Saturday and face another difficult test when they visit second-placed Penistone this weekend.
Although he admits to disappointment following the Hensworth loss, Denton says it’s important to keep in mind where his side are in their journey.
“I’ve been a little bit frustrated with the end result and with the recent performances, I feel like we’ve let ourselves slip a little bit,” said Denton.
“I’ve had to remind myself that the club and myself have got really expectations, so have the players, but we are a new group.
“Sometimes myself, the fans, we sometimes forget we’re a brand new side, absolutely brand spanking new and we’ve started the campaign really well.”
Penistone, who have won their last seven games in a row, are a team who have enjoyed success since boss Ian Richards took over in 2010.
They won promotion to the NCEL Premier in the 2016/17 season and finished seventh last term.
That continuity is what underpins their current high flying form in Denton’s eyes.
“Hemsworth are a side like Penistone who have had continuity in terms of their manager and players.
“I don’t think it’s been perfectly rosy for those managers at their start of their tenure.
“They’ve worked really hard in recruitment over long periods of time and are reaping the rewards.
“We’re a brand new team, trying a few new formations and styles, the lads are getting used to each other.”
When it comes to style, Denton has had his detractors in the stands this season.
But he insists his main concern is results and having players who can play in different formations.
“My own personal style is wanting to win games,” he said.
“Our style can change. We have a great scouting network, we look at the opposition and things can change depending on the opposition’s style.
“We want to play football but it’s a results business. Sometimes we might go slightly direct, we might play with wide players or central players.
“I wouldn’t say I’ve got a fixed style, I like to think we’ve got a few styles and formations in our tool box.
“That’s why it’s important to get good quality players who are flexible and can adapt.
“Obviously I’d love to play fantastic flowing football but we know it’s the NCEL and sometimes the opposition don’t allow you to do that.”