Carlton's depleted squad woes
CARLTON Town manager Les McJannet feels he must strengthen his threadbare side if they are to improve upon their current position of seventh in the Evo-Stik Division One South.
They went down 2-1 to Matlock Town in the Doodson Sport Cup on Tuesday night and were missing a total of five players through injury and suspension for the tie.
Carlton beat bottom side and local rivals Hucknall Town 3-0 in the league three days earlier to put themselves within six points of the play-off places in the standings.
But boss McJannet believes that although they have won their last three league outings, second-placed Stamford will prove a tougher test for his depleted squad.
"I thought it was a good performance against Matlock and we were unfortunate to lose," he said.
"I think we had five players missing in total and we have a small squad as it is, but the players who went out there did well.
"We are actively looking for players and making enquiries, but we don't just want extra bodies – they have to strengthen us and be the right characters too.
"We've won the last three in the league, albeit against teams nearer the bottom of the table, but Stamford are a good side.
"They have a new manager who has got them going and they've signed a couple of new players too so it'll be a tough game."
McJannet feels that a tumultuous season with players coming and going means that failing to make the play-off spots should not necessarily be seen as failure.
"It's been an up-and-down season for us so far," he said.
"I think finishing eighth and above would be a good season for us with all the turmoil we've had.
"We lost a few players and had to bring in quite a few. We did well last year and it is hard to repeat because players move on and you have to start again."