Emley AFC boss Richard Tracey saw his side slip to another narrow defeat – a third in four matches – as they lost 1-0 to Sherwood Colliery at the Fantastic Media Welfare Ground on Saturday.

But Tracey knows his team isn’t far away from turning performances into points and is staying positive.

The Pewits are eight matches without a win and just need to find a killer instinct in front of goal.

Tracey said: “They were a big, strong and well-organised team. I thought both teams had two or three good chances throughout the game and they took one of theirs.

“On another day I thought a draw would have been a fair result. It’s a tough one to take but credit to Sherwood they got in front and stayed in front by doing the basics really well.”

Tracey is confident good performances will soon turn into points and propel his side up the league.

He added: “You look at fixtures we’ve had against top sides such as Maltby, Garforth, Eccleshill and now Sherwood and we’ve been competitive in all of them. Realistically looking back we should have taken six or seven points from those games.

“We are disappointed – both staff and players – with the run we are on but the positives are the performances.

“We’ve got a run of games now and we have to start turning a few results in and pulling away from the bottom end of the table.”

Next week Emley have a crucial game away at Albion Sports, who sit below them in the table.

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