A RETURN of one point from Selsey’s opening two games has disappointed boss Adam Hinshelwood - but he has found reasons to be positive for the weeks ahead.
An opening-day goal for Rob Wimble and a goal and commanding displays by captain Tom Broadbent have shown Hinshelwood there is cause for optimism that this can be a good season at the High Street Ground.
Selsey were the better side at home to Horsham YMCA on Saturday but couldn’t quite build on Wimble’s 56th-minute equaliser and go on and win it.
They matched another highly-rated side, East Preston, for long periods at home on Tuesday night but were undone by conceding from three set-pieces.
Hinshelwood: “We played well for long periods in both games so one point is a disappointing return. We can take heart from having been the better side against Horsham YMCA and know that the goals we let in against East Preston are the sort we have to cut out if we’re to go anywhere this season.”
Wimble - back at Selsey after a spell with Midhurst - looks a new player, hungry for action and a few pounds lighter than the last time he was in the club’s colours.
He has been playing up front with Omar Bugiel, who is feeling his way back to full fitness after last season’s broken leg.
Hinshelwood said: “I have high hopes for them both. Rob took his goal really well on Saturday with his left foot and he’s got his hunger back. He had a good pre-season and looks a player who will run all day for you.”
Broadbent scored the Blues’ goal against EP - cancelling out Joe Shelley’s early strike - but after a creditable first-half showing, Selsey let in three in 12 minutes midway through the second half.
The manager added: “We have a young team and we’re bound to get the odd mistake creeping in. But we know we won’t win games if we defend free-kicks like we did against East Preston. That’s something to concentrate on immediately in training.”
Selsey go to Alton Town in the extra preliminary round of the FA Cup on Saturday.