Jason Ainsley’s mood was understandably low after his side’s 1-0 loss at the Gateshead International Stadium on Tuesday evening, but the Spennymoor boss somehow finds the right words to say.
It is a trait that made him a leader on the pitch during his career and a natural fit to step into management.
His post-match interview was authentic, displaying the disappointment he felt after the Moors’ fourth loss in the opening seven games of the season. But it still struck a chord and offered some comfort that the team’s early struggles are being addressed.
Overall, Ainsley’s words will give supporters hope going into a tough test against league leaders King’s Lynn Town on Saturday. When asked about the forthcoming home fixture, he was clear about what he expected from his players:
“We’ve been used to success after success and our supporters have followed us in their numbers all season so far, with more than 300 [at Gateshead] and they’re not getting the rewards they deserve at the moment.
“After a difficult start to the season we really need their support and to get behind the players more than ever. Saturday is a massive game against the league leaders, and we need as much noise as possible to help us in that quest for three points.
After sustaining an injury during the defeat at Gateshead, Andy Oates gave an update on the fitness of Glen Taylor, as well as the other missing members of the squad:
“Glen has what’s called a high ankle sprain. Of all the ankle ligament injuries, that’s the better one. I think up to four weeks is about right, but he could be a week ahead of that.
“Mark Anderson will be missing for a few weeks with a thigh strain, while Scott Harrison has returned to full training this week after missing the majority of pre-season due to a knee injury sustained against Stockton Town FC.
“Carl Magnay hopes to return this Saturday after picking up a groin strain against Chester.”