Prescot Cables manager Kevin Lynch has spotted encouraging sides despite their latest defeat.
League-leaders Marine left the IP Truck Parts Stadium on New Year’s Day with the three points thanks to a late strike from Neil Kengni.
It’s the latest disappointment in what was has been steady progression under Lynch following their 7-0 drubbing of Market Drayton Town.
Prior to the Mariners clash, they were edged out against Runcorn Linnets but the Prescot Cables manager has spotted improvements.
“Just at the moment, luck isn’t going our way which is an understatement, same against Runcorn Linnets and Marine but massive, massive strides of improvement so although disappointed, pleased overall,” he told Off The Park.
“That was one of the pleasing displays, you’re always looking to gage yourselves against the top team to see how far they come and watch you need and stuff like that, looking at the game – even as a neutral – you’d say there wasn’t much in it so we’re definitely making strides going forward.
“We just need to make sure [that] the games against teams in and around us, it’s alright putting the performances in against the top teams but can you do it against teams in around you so that’s the challenge I’m setting now for the players.
“[It’s] Massive step forward, great performances from some of the lads, players coming back; Ethan Devine coming back in, we did go down with two Covid cases it did hamper us but the lads coming back in getting stronger, Devine, Josh Gregory getting stronger game by game, Mitch Allen unbelievable, George Nugent you could go right through them.
“They’re starting to gel a lot better, performances are getting a lot better from them, we look more as team than we’ve done before.”
Despite promising performances, Cables still remain in a difficult position as they look to bridge the gap on Widnes, with the difference currently three points.
The current situation is worrying as they sit in the relegation play-off position with the second half of the season underway.
With the upcoming run, the 47-year-old is looking to turn performances into wins.
He added: “We’ve got Colne, Kidsgrove, local derby against Bootle then Newcastle Town, these are the sort of games you’re looking at they’re in around us – Bootle are slightly further but it’s different being a derby – teams in around us we have to start drawing back to our fight and it has to start on Saturday.
“A good side, last time they played Prescot that was the final reign of the previous manager I think it was a 4-0 defeat, we’re definitely a different team now.
“I know they’re going through a transitional period themselves with the new manager coming in, he’ll want to put his own stamp on it but we’re more than ready, we’re looking forward to the game.
“Hope it stays on because we’re building a bit of momentum, the results haven’t gone our way, but the team ethic, spirit we don’t want to lose it going into the Colne game, so we’re ready.”