MANAGER EXCLUSIVE: Mark Fell Interview

It has been seven games in charge for Mark Fell and currently just the one league defeat as he looks to reignite the season.

After a 0-2 win and 2-0 loss to Marine in the FA Trophy and Integro League Cup respectively, it is back to league action on Saturday, away to Witton Albion.

Last week saw the Dolly Blues achieved the first home win of the season against a good Stalybridge Celtic side, a win which lifted City above the bottom three.

But how has the new gaffer assessed his own start at Giant Axe? We caught up with him to find out.

How do you assess your team’s performance since taking over?

I’ve been really pleased with the lad’s performances in general, in terms of graft, determination and desire, they’ve risen to every challenge we’ve set them.

The first objective was to get off the foot of the table and after five league games, we’ve put ourselves in a better position.

We’re always looking to compliment this team with players who can make us better, but in terms of a basis to work from I’ve been delighted.

Are the players buying into what you want to achieve?

The lads have been great in terms of being receptive to the way we want to work.

They’re an honest bunch who was clearly hurting from the position they were in have worked hard to get us up the table.

We set them the targets for the first five games and they’ve exceeded them. The targets now get harder as we look to get ourselves clear of danger and looking up the league.

What are your realistic goals for the rest of the season?

Realistically, our first job is to get the club into a comfortable position where we don’t have to look over our shoulder. We’ve made progress but we’re not there yet.

The FA Trophy is another competition that we want to progress in, it gives a bit of rest-bite from the league and changes our focus.

You’ll know yourself how many games can be required to play at this level, but is it a relief to get back to league action on Saturday?

The win over Marine was great but the priority is without a doubt, getting the points on the board so I might have been even happier if it was worth three points.

Our focus is now on Witton Albion this weekend and doing what we can do to get a positive result.