Tom Bulley is hoping things will settle down after Barnstaple Town’s three-game slump.
An unbeaten start to the Toolstation Western League season came to a shuddering halt with defeats to Chard Town, Portishead Town and Wells City.
Barnstaple will aim to get back on track tomorrow with a first-round FA Carlsberg Vase tie at Almondsbury UWE. And manager Bulley hopes it will mark the end of chopping and changing in his team selection.
“The last three games have been disjointed and unsettled,” said Bulley. “We need to get back to having a settled side.”
Striker Billy Tucker missed the Chard and Portishead games but returned to score Barnstaple’s goal in the 5-1 defeat at Wells on Tuesday.
Midfielder Jack Jenkins is likely to miss the Vase tie and should be replaced by Sam Stephens, who was ruled out of the Chard and Wells matches.
A cup tie could be just what Barnstaple need to put their league troubles behind them and is likely to suit the attacking nature of the side.
“The distraction of the FA Vase has come at an ideal time,” said Bulley.
“We go out to win every game with the way we are set up – attacking, playing football and catching the opposition on the counter-attack.”
Almondsbury, in 11th place, have also lost three in a row in the Western League First Division, conceding 14 goals.
FA Carlsberg Vase 2013-14
1st rd qual: Barnstaple Tn 3 (Tucker, Turner, Sharp) Witheridge 2.
2nd rd qual: Almondsbury UWE 1 Radstock Tn 0, Newquay 2 Barnstaple Tn 2 (J Harper-Penman, Turner). Replay: Barnstaple Tn 5 (Stephens, Turner 2, Kowal, Rossiter) Newquay 0.