There is no doubt in our minds at Forest Hill that if we can replicate that commitment and quality on the pitch we will pick up more points than we drop from here to the end of the season, says assistant Peter Nolan
FOREST HILL PARK assistant manager Peter Nolan says a lack of experience in the ranks has ensured his side have remained inconsistent during the course of the season.
The Ladywell Arena based outfit sit in the top eight in the Southern Counties East Football League First Division table, having banked 31 points from their 22 league outings.
Forest Hill Park went down to a 1-0 defeat to their league rivals Erith & Belvedere in the Semi-Finals of the Hospital Cup on Tuesday night.
Harry Harding notched his 36th goal of the season to send Owen Jones’ side through to the final.
“We come off the back of a disappointing 1-0 defeat to Erith & Belvedere. However, it was a defeat that yielded far more positives than negatives in what was a spirited performance that showed our quality from back to front,” said Nolan.
“On another day, we come away with a victory. Having said that, I give a lot of credit to Erith & Belvedere, who are a top side and are having a superb season.”
Welling Town remain at the summit with 59 points from 27 games, followed by Kennington (52 points from 26 games) and Sutton Athletic (51 points from 25 games).
Sutton Athletic arrive at the Ladywell Arena tomorrow on a four-match unbeaten run.
“Tomorrow we welcome Sutton Athletic to Ladywell, who like our last opponents are having a strong season,” said Nolan.
“If we produce the same performance that we did in midweek, which we fully expect to, it will be a good challenge for our opponents.
“We currently sit in eighth position in the league and despite recent league form we are still extremely happy with the quality that we have shown on the pitch and believe on our day we can challenge any side in the division.
“When looking back at the season, consistency has been our main issue and that probably comes down to a bit of experience that we have lacked within the squad because we firmly believe we possess the quality to be a top side at this level.”
When asked what his side’s aspirations are for the last 12 league games of the season, Nolan replied: “As far as the remainder of the season goes, our aim has to be to perform how we did in midweek against Erith & Belvedere.
“There is no doubt in our minds at Forest Hill that if we can replicate that commitment and quality on the pitch we will pick up more points than we drop from here to the end of the season.
“Of our remaining fixtures we have five of the top seven in the league still to play, which can show where we are as a side, as well as be an important player as to how the league table finishes up come the end of April.”
Forest Hill Park v Sutton Athletic
Southern Counties East Football League First Division
Saturday 9 March 2019
Kick Off 3:00pm
at Ladywell Arena, Silvermere Road, Catford, London SE6 4QX