Bridlington Town’s attempts to recover from a mid-season slump have been hit by news that two more key players will be unavailable for the next few weeks.
Midfielder Ash Allanson picked up a knee injury in Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Pickering, which will keep him out of action until after Christmas.
To make matters worse, leading scorer Ombeni Ruhanduka is out of the next few games because of work commitments, and fellow striker Lewis Clarkson remains sidelined for months.
Manager Gary Allanson said: “We are now working with absolute bare bones and it is going to be a real test of character for us.”
The defeat to Pickering was Town’s third consecutive defeat and they have gone four-and-a-half hours without scoring a goal.
“We are all working hard to turn this around and hopefully we can do this very shortly,” Allanson added.
“We have enough quality in the side, our work ethic is good and we just need a slice of luck. We believe in the players but they are low on confidence at the moment and there is a lot of frustration among us.
“We need to be careful how we handle this situation and make sure we keep getting the best from the players. We need to try and pick them up and keep believing in themselves I am sure the turning point is just around the corner.”
Allanson watched his side do everything but hit the net against Pickering, and Sam Calvert’s first half goal proved the difference.
“We had 18 attempts on goal, 10 on target and they had five with three on target,” he said.
“Their goalkeeper and centre halves will probably never have a game like that again, but they scored the all-important goal. We have hit a bit of a slump and haven’t scored in our last three games now.
“The players are working hard enough but we are missing that final bit of quality and composure in the final third of the pitch. We are a little naïve at times and just need to make better decisions where possible, but the majority of the team are still young lads and are still learning the game so we have to be a little patient with them.
“They don’t deliberately miss the goal on purpose we just need to keep encouraging the players and I am certain they will come through this little spell.”
Town are at Retford United on Saturday.