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Totton boss Riley is refusing to press panic button
6:00am Friday 23rd August 2013 in Sport
AFC Totton manager Steve Riley is still upbeat despite his side’s torrid start to the Calor Southern Premier season.
The financially stricken Stags have conceded eight goals and scored just one in their opening two games against Stourbridge and Bideford.
Adding to their woes are several injury doubts ahead of the bank-holiday weekend clashes, with a trip to Bedford on Saturday followed by a fixture with Riley’s former charges Bashley on Monday at the Testwood Stadium.
Chris Onoufriou is out with a dead leg along with Taylor Edwards (jarred knee), new signing Clive Makoni (tight hamstring) and Alex Moth (leg injury) all missing and talismanic striker Nathaniel Sherborne still recovering from a knee problem.
Despite this, Riley is still optimistic.
“It has been a tough start to the season but we have to remain positive and build on what we’ve already done,” he said.
“Last season we had only picked up one point after four games, so there is no point in hitting the panic button just yet.
“The squad have a lot of heart and put in a lot of effort, there’s no doubt we will pick up some points, and we can hopefully take away four points from the weekend.
“We have to make a few changes heading into the weekend as we’ve picked up quite a few injuries.
“There are still no easy games in this league, no doubt about it. We’ve been unlucky and we’ve just got to stay focused because there is no need to worry at the moment.
“We are a young side and we’re learning.
“The confidence is there, but we’ve just got to pick up those points and that’s the main thing.”
The Stags, who were reportedly in £185,000 of debt, have announced the transfer embargo limiting the club to a squad of just 16 players, has been lifted meaning Riley is free to sign some much needed reinforcements.
The boss, however, is keeping his cards close to his chest.
“I want to make a couple of signings before the weekend, I’ll say no more,” he said.
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