Football:Philpott backs his boys

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Combination Division I status this season.

Philpott accepts that no team is ever too good to go down but with three cup matches coming up in the next few weeks that will help take his concentration away from Tower’s current precarious league position of being stuck in the second relegation place and three points adrift of safety.Philpott, who is in his first season as Tower first-team boss, said: ‘We’re not playing badly, but what we’re lacking is a bit of luck – especially in front of goal.

The players’ effort and commitment is very good, they’re training and working hard to put things right and I’m confident they will.’The cup games coming up will give us a break from our league position and give us time to hopefully get things right again.’Tower had a great start to the season by winning the Jersey Football Association’s Charity Cup final, 2-0 against Jersey Wanderers, but they are now in a mid-season crisis having lost their last four league matches.’We’re playing well and the other team managers are saying the same too.

It’s our final product in front of goal that is letting us down at the moment.

When we go behind in a game the heads do go down a little but very soon after they’re back up again and I can only give the players credit for that.’I’m looking for a win or two in the cup games and hopefully if we get them that will help us kick-start our season again.’North will be a tough game on Saturday for us but we’ve learned from our Jeremie Cup defeat by them.

That day we allowed them space to play in and I can assure you we will not be doing that this weekend when we play them in the Wheway Cup.’Sometimes when things go wrong I wonder if we are over-coaching the players.

I’m not sure but on other occasions I wonder if we should just give them the ball and let them play their own way and see what happens!’Tower host North at La Hague Manor on Saturday while Jersey Wanderers play Jersey Scottish at the Hockey Club.

A third second-round Wheway Cup match will be played in Guernsey between Sporting Academics and Guernsey Sylvans.The Jersey games kick-off at 2 pm.

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