JOHN Chand is adamant that his Holbeach United career is still bang on track after a roller-coaster first six months in charge.
The ex-Magnet Tavern boss, who had been used to winning trophies every season, finds himself in an unfamiliar position at the wrong end of the standings in his first campaign as a Non-League manager.
His charges have won just four of their 20 UCL Premier Division games this season, while losing a massive 14 times despite showing flashes of their undoubted potential.
But Chand, who took over from Shaun Keeble in the summer, reckons his Tigers are ten points shy of where they should be.
He said: “I’ve enjoyed my time at Holbeach so far, it’s a great club surrounded by great people.
“I genuinely believe we’re nine or ten points short of what we should have, a lot of refereeing calls have gone against us at crucial times.
“It’s been a real learning curve but I’m really enjoying life at the club.
“I joined at a tough time, but we’re on the right track now and I still believe a mid-table finish is possible.
“If we can achieve that, it’ll mark an improvement on the past few seasons.”
Holbeach are expected to resume their campaign at Desborough Town on Monday (3pm).
And after more than six weeks without a league game the Tigers square off with the same team they faced way back on November 20. Since beating lowly Ar Tarn 3-2 at Carter’s Park, Holbeach have seen a host of UCL Premier Division fixtures postponed due to the big freeze, including last Monday’s lucrative derby with King’s Lynn Town FC.
Chand admits the enforced break has been unwelcome – but is now focusing on a winning return to action at Waterworks Field.
He added: “Hopefully the weather will stay as it is and we’ll get a game in – it’s been a while.
“Luckily it’s been the same for everyone around the country, so we’re not at a disadvantage.
“It’s strange that it’s Desborough again, but sometimes that’s how it goes.
“I expect them to be a stronger side though, they’ve got five or six new players in and should be a handful.
“But we’ve got a big squad too and it’s time for some of the players I’ve put faith in to start delivering.”
Hosts Desborough are one of just three teams below the Tigers in the table.
They have managed just two wins all season.
Midfielders Pete Smith and Matt Warfield are banned at Desborough, as the Tigers bid for back-to-back wins over their hosts.
But new loan capture Simon Mowbray trained with the squad for the first time yesterday and should play some part.
There’s positive news on Wes Lewis too, who is now available for the next two months after his work commitments relented.
Strikers Jermain Palmer (unavailable) and Chris Johnson (hamstring) remain sidelined though.