JONES: WE MUST PUT CUP WOE BEHIND US
SLEAFORD TOWN must put the disappointment of the FA Cup saga behind them and focus on improving their results, says boss Kris Jones.
The Town manager admitted it is time for the club to move on and forget about their ill-fated adventure in the world's oldest cup competition.
Sleaford almost progressed further in the competition than ever before in their history, but were booted out by an FA sub-committee decision along with Huntingdon Town after a mass brawl prematurely ended their tie at Elsaforde Park.
A subsequent appeal by the club failed to change the decision and Sleaford were left to pick up the pieces.
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"We have to move on and put this whole episode behind us," said Jones.
"It has affected us, we haven't won a game since it happened and we have looked sloppy in the goals we have conceded.
"It's important we return to playing the kind of football that we were playing, but getting the results to go with it.
"We have to put this to bed now, and quickly. It would have been the furthest we have progressed in our history and it has left a bitter taste."
Jones says he is fully focused on United Counties League, Premier Division matters and admits he will need to be as they have a tough test this weekend, a home fixture against high flyers Long Buckby.
However, the Town boss is working hard behind the scenes to strengthen his defensive cover and says he is closing in on two targets.
"We have conceded a couple of sloppy goals which have seen us lose games we should be winning," he added.
"We are hoping to strengthen. We are looking at one young lad who has played at a very good level while the other is with another UCL club so we will have to put in a seven-day approach for him.
"There are issues though. With one of the players we need to sort out international clearance, but we are hoping we can do something before the game this weekend.
"They (Long Buckby) are a completely changed team this season. We don't really know too much about the new players, but we do know they have some pacey wingers and we know they will be good up front. They are also reported to be quite physical.
"The good news though is that we are also hoping to have a few lads back this weekend, who have been unavailable due to injuries, suspensions and unavailability."