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Social Club are on right path believes coach

Michael Richardson-Martin conceded Young Men's Social Club are work in progress after enduring a difficult start to the First Division campaign.

Social Club sit third from bottom in the second tier, just one point above the bottom two, after nine games this season.

However, Richardson-Martin, the club's assistant coach, believes the team are still adjusting to a new style of play.

“I'm a new coach to a young team and they are still trying to learn the system that I am trying to implement, but they are doing pretty good,” he said.

Richardson-Martin is also working hard to create a positive shift in his players' mentality.

“Most of them have made good mental changes since my arrival,” he added. “Once training comes around, most of them are starting to change their mentality and focus on the good football we are playing, despite not getting results.

“What I enjoy most is watching the players change their mentality. I would like to win, but I would sacrifice winning for a change in character.

“When we started, very few players were showing to training. If I were to schedule a practice match [now], I would have a good showing, which is unusual.

“In the beginning, a lot of the guys had an arrogant mindset. However, since then, we are doing very well, despite results.

“For example, on Sunday, we lost at St George's 3-0, but the scoreline wasn't a real reflection of the game.”

Despite the early season difficulties, Richardson-Martin is of the belief that Social Club can finish strongly this season, as part of embarking on a long-term plan in place at the club.

“We are in the middle of a three-year plan, and I think we are ahead of where we want to be,” he added.

“I hope the players stay committed, and I think we will finish well.

“We are going be a force to be reckoned with at season's end.”

The Prospect side face Vasco da Gama at Bernard Park on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Wolves will be aiming to finally find some consistency, starting in the East End derby against Hamilton Parish tomorrow.

Wolves sit in fifth place on eleven points after seven games with coach Vincent Minors bemoaning a lack of depth within his squad.

“We have been too inconsistent. We tend to have a good game and then a difficult game,” he said.

“It is always gonna be a challenge because we only have about sixteen players and as a result a lack of depth on our bench, which doesn't help.

“However, we must work harder with what we have.”

The game against Hamilton Parish could be the perfect opportunity for Wolves to get their promotion push back on track with their opposition sitting second from bottom in the standings.

Minors is well aware of the need for all three points if they are to stand any hope of catching second-placed Devonshire Colts, who are eight points ahead of them in the final promotion berth.

“I am looking forward to Hamilton Parish game on Sunday,” he added.

“We really need these three points. This win is essential, so we are gonna go there and take them.”

Long term plan: Young Men's Social Club, pictured playing against Somerset Eagles last season, are a work in progress according to assistant coach Michael Richardson-Martin (File photograph by Lawrence Trott)

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Published January 11, 2020 at 8:00 am (Updated January 10, 2020 at 10:10 pm)

Social Club are on right path believes coach

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