They might have conceded 15 goals while suffering back-to-back drubbings to start the new ChromaSport & Trophies Peterborough League Premier Division season, but rookie Riverside boss Shane Davitt is not panicking.
Far from it. Despite seeing his team go down 7-0 to Crowland last Saturday and then be thumped 8-2 at Stilton on Tuesday night, Daviitt’s sights are set firmly on the top half of the table in his first full season at the helm.
Davitt stepped up to succeed previous boss Paul Workman, who he assisted, towards the end of last term.
“A top 10 finish is my target and I have confidence in us doing that,” insisted Davitt. “I’m certainly not going to panic because we have lost our first two games.
“Everyone will see the results and think we are going to be easy to beat, but they should look at what we achieved in the final four games of last season. We beat three good sides and also drew with Netherton, and we have kept all except one of the players involved then.
“It’s just that the new season has come around a bit too quickly for us. We have a few players away while our captain Scott Biggs is out with a bad injury and is a big loss.
“We did ask the league to allow us to postpone our midweek games as we are so short of players but they didn’t agree to it so it is a case of soldiering on and gradually getting ourselves up to full-strength.”
Things don’t look set to get any easier for Riverside in the immediate future with trips to fellow Peterborough teams Netherton and ICA Sports in the coming days.
Netherton have drawn their opening two matches but are expected to emerge as title contenders again while ICA Sports launched their campaign with a 2-1 Tuesday triumph over newly-promoted Ketton. Andy Wayte and Luke McDowell hit the goals for the city side.
Stilton’s high-scoring success over Riverside provided a first victory for new player-boss Garry Beaver. Zack Fisher struck four times, Liam Rodden fired a hat-trick and former boss Mark Baines hit the other goal.