AFTER two draws, Tommy Cassidy has hope.
However, the Blyth Spartans boss is urging supporters not to burden his side with fanciful expectation at home to Corby Town today.
Play as well as recent weeks and they have a chance, he says.
Yet against the team ninth in Blue Square Bet North, second-bottom Blyth still face a tough task.
Cassidy said: “Corby have a good record, they have only been beaten once away from home, so it will be a hard match.
“The worst thing is we have had two decent results away from home. Supporters will expect, having drawn twice away from home, that we should win the next two home games.
“It does not happen like that. It will be a very hard game, they are a very physical side.
“If we can play with the same bounce and as well as we did last week we will have a chance.
“The two draws have given people a bit of hope, particularly when you consider the two teams they came against. Nuneaton and Boston are up there.
“We were very disappointed against Workington in the two games against them, but in the last two games we showed a little bit more confidence and that gives me a lot of hope.
“I think the lads feel the same way.” Still familiarising himself with his new players, Cassidy has praised assistant Gavin Fell.
He added: “We have to have the training right. People only see what happens for 90 minutes on a Saturday afternoon or a Tuesday night.
“We are training twice a week, and trying to get them bouncing around and enjoying it.
“There is nothing worse for non-league players, working all day then having to come to training at night, if it is not enjoyable.
“If you can make the sessions good they will look forward to coming to training.
“I have found in the last 15 years of non-league football, that if you can get them bouncing in training, it does go into the game on a Saturday. You cannot really coach them very much because you do not get enough time.
“At Newcastle they train four or five times a week, for two hours a day, but that is their job.
“We train four hours a week, so you have to make them want to come, and then enjoy it. That is very important.
“I did not know Gavin before I came here but he's done a very good job.”
Cassidy added: “I am getting to know him now and I am happy with the way things are going behind the scenes.
“It has changed a wee bit since my first game.
“ I still don't know my players, and they have to get to know me too, how I want us to play. Then we can go forward.”