Worksop Town is still an attractive club to play for, says Tigers boss Duncan Milligan.
Milligan saw his side slump to a 5-3 defeat away at Hemsworth on a foggy Tuesday night in West Yorkshire.
The loss was a seventh defeat in as many games for Worksop who have slipped to 13th in the NCEL Premier.
The Tigers boss responded to concerns over recent form potentially harming his chances of attracting targets in the summer.
Milligan said: “We know the players we are bringing in, they know the reasons why they didn’t come at this point in the season. The attraction of this club never goes away and it does the talking by itself.”
Tigers led, albeit briefly, through a Mitch Husbands header on 13 minutes only for the hosts to strike twice before the break.
Hemsworth came out firing in the second half and could have ran away with the tie if not for Jason Alexander’s superb acrobatics.
They did eventually take a 5-1 lead with Nash Connolly completing a hat-trick, adding to Joe Taylor and Luke Danville goals. But the Tigers showed some fight and reduced the arrears through a Jamie Robinson tap in and a Husbands penalty late on.
The away side played the last 10 minutes with 10 men after Dan Gardner limped off injured.
“Strangely, when we went down to 10 men we were better,” said Milligan. “We found some hunger and desire. We looked dangerous going forward and quite honestly it could’ve been 5-5 by half-time.
“It didn’t help us losing Milner and Barnett but that’s not an excuse, we’ve got to make sure losing doesn’t become a habit and I think the last 10 minutes or so showed we didn’t just lay down.”
Jason Alexander kept the Tigers in the game for long periods and earned praise from assistant John Buckley at full-time.
“I thought Jason was terrific,” said Buckley. “We have to remember he’s still a young lad himself, keepers at his age aren’t the finished article. We have three keepers here that potentially could see us through for the next 10 years if we looked after them.”