SELSEY boss Steve Bailey has praised his young players for keeping their heads held high during a run of heavy defeats – and the club’s fans for sticking by them.
The Blues are marooned at the bottom of division one of the Sussex League with just one point from 14 games.
Their past four games have seen them concede 28 goals and it’s going to be a long battle for survival in the top flight.
But the club have made a deliberate decision this season to cut overheads and put their faith in youth, becoming more of a community club, and Bailey says there remains much to be positive about.
He said: “I can’t lie, it’s been tough. It’s been no harder than I expected having played at this level, but I think it’s surprised some of the younger lads.
“Apart from the Loxwood cup game, in which we were taken apart by a much better team, we’ve been in games. We’ve been creating chances, though not taking them. But with the younger players, we’ve tended to let in a lot of goals at the end of a half or in clusters.
“We’re developing as a team but can’t do it for 90 minutes yet.”
Former Selsey players Graham Morey and Mark Lee have been training with a view to pitching in to bolster the first team, while captain Dave Rough and Mark Thompson are both about to return from long-term injuries.
Bailey said: “The players’ spirits are remaining up. We’ve not had players leaving because of results. And gates are up. We’ve reduced admission prices and supporters understand the direction the club are trying to take with youth at its heart.”
Selsey host fellow strugglers Hailsham this Saturday and Bailey said a win in the near future would give everyone a timely lift.
Selsey’s last four games
Loxwood 9 Selsey 1
Eastbourne Town 5 Selsey 0
St Francis 8 Selsey 0
Eastbourne Utd AFC 6 Selsey 0
Selsey’s next four
Selsey v Hailsham (Saturday, Nov 15)
Shoreham v Selsey (Nov 22)
Selsey v Loxwood (Nov 29)
Selsey v Littlehampton (Dec 6)