Weaver prepares for big West Country battle

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A RUN of four straight defeats doesn’t sit easily in Simon Weaver’s stomach.

Saturday’s latest slip-up - a 2-0 home loss to Nuneaton Town - further dented his ambitions of staying on the coat tails of the play-off chasing pack.

If four was bad, five is unthinkable according to the Town boss who admits to a few sleepless nights, thinking about their recent form, this week.

Next for Town is a trip to Gloucester City tomorrow and a chance to do the double over their West Country opponents.

September’s 2-0 home win may seem like a distant memory to Town fans who have had little to cheer recently.

Weaver. however, has backed his men for a response.

He thinks a victory tomorrow will start a domino effect and push his side back into play-off contention.

“Psychology plays a big part in football,” he said.

“If we win at Gloucester, then yes, I don’t see any reason why we can’t go and win four on the trot, just like we’ve lost the last four.

“I don’t want to keep going on about but this run of defeats we’ve been unlucky. And I don’t believe we’ve had four bad performances.

“We’ve had one and a half games where we haven’t performed. The rest we have been unlucky.

“You look at teams like Liverpool, and the budget they’re on, and they’re complaining when they’ve got two players out, Jamie Carragher and Steve Gerrard.

“The first game in the run we had 11 players out. Yes five did come back from suspension the game after but we still had six out for the next.

“But it’s something we’ve had to cope with. Hopefully we’re getting over the worse of it now.”

It’s a Blue Square double for Town this week, with Bishop’s Stortford visiting Wetherby Road on Tuesday night (7.45pm ko).

On Saturday Town came unstuck against their in form opponents.

The Nuns had some early chances with Danny Glover shooting wide and Graham Ward hitting a post.

Town’s nightmare injury problems continued on 28 minutes when Richard Pell had to be replaced by Ian Ross.

Town fell behind to the last action of the half, when Wilson’s misdirected punch was scrambled away, only to be forced in by Guy Hadland.

After the restart Town took the game to Nuneaton and were unlucky not to level when Peter Bore’s low cross was met by Brayson who hit the upright.

Graham Ward almost sliced through his own goal as Town kept up the pressure. But despite knocking on the door for the equaliser it was the visitors who secured all three points when Glover found the back of the net in the 90th minute.

“The lads were nervous in the first half. But I think we played a lot better in the second,” added Weaver.