In a week in which FNB Priaulx League leaders St Martin’s have taken just one point from a possible six to give their pursuers plenty of hope with so much football still to be played, Mark Romeril would have been forgiven if he had started looking optimistically at the table after yesterday’s 3-1 win over Vale Rec at the Corbet Field.
However, the Manzur coach revealed that the key to getting back to winning ways after successive defeats was to remove all expectation.
‘We said at the start of the game that we’re not going to talk about league position anymore because perhaps we had given ourselves a little bit too much pressure talking about what we could do this year,’ Romeril said.
‘So we said, “look, we are up against it, we’ve had no luck in terms of injuries, so let’s just go out there, take all the pressure out of it and just get a result”.’
They did that thanks to fine goals from Louis Travis and Marlon Jardim that gave them a 2-0 half-time lead before Jardim eased any nerves caused by Rory Moriarty halving the deficit from the penalty spot on 82min. with a third goal six minutes from time.
‘We’ve got Rangers next up, then Rovers and then we’ve got the FA Cup against Alderney,’ Romeril said.
‘Hopefully we will start seeing some players back. We are on our third choice goalkeeper because we’ve lost Richard Davey and Jordan Kelly, Bongo [Craig Young] is out, Frank [Tobin] is out, Kez [Mahon] is out – the list is as long as your arm.
‘So when we get our full squad, which would be nice to have, then I think we will be decent, but just getting to that point would be nice.’