Points will come with hard work says Grimsby Borough boss Nigel Fanthorpe
GRIMSBY Borough joint boss Nigel Fanthorpe has warned his side against complacency when they take on struggling Selby Town tomorrow.
The Wilderness Boys, mid-table in the Northern Counties East League Division One, travel to the club propping up the standings and without a win since September.
Borough, with top-scorer Andy Taylor poised to return, will be gunning for three points after yielding one draw from their last two, tough matches.
Fanthorpe and Steve Newby's charges drew 1-1 with third-placed Pontefract Collieries on home soil last Saturday, before losing a scrappy encounter at Bradford-based Albion Sports 1-0 on Wednesday night.
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Battling performances in both games pleased the managerial duo and have generated confidence – but Borough's players will be warned against taking their foot off the gas tomorrow.
"If we keep performing the way we have been doing, points are around the corner," said Fanthorpe.
"We were aiming for at least two points from our last two games – we got one, but we could have had six.
"Going to Bradford to face Albion is always a terrible trip on a Wednesday night. It meant we had players missing but credit to the lads who came in.
"It was a great performance against a good side. There wasn't much in it – we thought it had 0-0 written all over it, it was a scrappy game, but they nicked a winner. You can take losing on the chin, though, when you put in a good hard-working performance.
"But we've got to carry it into tomorrow. With the games we have coming up we need to get points on the board.
"It's our job to make sure the players don't underestimate Selby – there are no 'gimmies' in this league."
Borough lie 12th in the league, four points adrift of the top-six.
It marks an improvement from last season – although Borough stormed to victory in the Wilkinson Sword Trophy, in the league the bosses were forced to frequently chop and change their line-up and the team finished third from bottom.
"We have come a long way since last season," added Fanthorpe.
"Selby tomorrow and Hemsworth Miners Welfare in the league at home next Saturday are games we are looking to win. If we can get a few more points on the board before Christmas, we can remain in touch with the leading pack.
"If you are losing games and the performances have been poor, you are scratching your head. But if you are losing when you've put in a decent performance, you can take positives.
"Albion and Collieries will be up there at the end of the season.
"But we gave them both a great match and we take confidence from that."