WITH one third of the National League North season complete, progression and development is the name of the game for Warrington Town.

And manager Mark Beesley believes his side are “about where they should be” at this stage of the campaign as they look to stay clear of danger.

With 15 games played, Yellows sit on 19 points – four clear of the relegation zone – having made a relatively solid start to life at Step Two.

A trip to Gloucester City is next on the agenda tomorrow but ahead of the game, Beesley took the chance to take stock of where his side sit.

“You’d always like a few more points,” he said.

“We’ve had some good performances, some great performances but also some indifferent ones.

“With the league being as tough as it is, to have 19 points after 15 games is probably about where we should be.

“We’ve not had a full squad to choose from which isn’t going to change any time soon, but we’re at a stage where we need to keep progressing to turn around the defeats we’ve had.

“We’ll do some goal-setting with the lads about the first period of the season in terms of what we’ve done well and what we can improve on.

“If we can improve on all of them markers in the next period, we’ll improve our points total.”

Warrington Guardian: Town were beaten 1-0 by Peterborough Sports last time outTown were beaten 1-0 by Peterborough Sports last time out (Image: Sean Walsh)

Having had a taste of what is to come last week by playing three fixtures in quick succession, the true nature of life in the National League North is about to hit home.

Next Saturday’s hosting of Rushall Olympic kicks off a run of eight games in the space of 24 days, including FA Trophy and Cheshire Senior Cup ties as well as lengthy midweek trips to Darlington and Hereford.

As such, Beesley is keen to get as much rest into his players as possible while still finding ways to improve on performances.

“We did a lighter session on Tuesday with the schedule we’ve had,” he said.

“There’s a lot of fatigue around, so we let the lads get together and do a bit of lighter gym work with some swimming and things like that to relax a little bit.

“We’ve got a really heavy schedule to come, so it was important we gave them a bit of a breather.

“We’ve got to find the right balance between giving them as much rest as possible but also getting the work done we need to.

“As we all know, the squad is small so we have to help them as much as we can but the balance is the difficult bit.

“That’s where we’re at at the moment – we have what we have and we have to find the best way of working on things as well as giving them the right kind of mental break.

“It’s part of the league we’re in and we have to embrace it.

“We’ve got another long trip on Saturday but fortunately, there’s no midweek game after that so we can work on a few things.”

Warrington Guardian: Town boss Mark BeesleyTown boss Mark Beesley (Image: Sean Walsh)

Town make the trip south with the aim of bouncing straight back from a disappointing 1-0 home defeat to Peterborough Sports last time out – their first loss in six matches in all competitions.

Facing them will be a Gloucester side that sit in the relegation zone having won just twice all season, but Beesley insists they will be no pushovers.

He is also hoping the artificial surface at City’s TigerTurf Stadium will suit his side’s passing style.

“I’m not a big league table watcher – I don’t take much notice of it,” he said.

“They’ve lost their last couple but narrowly to teams who are probably going to be in the top six, including Tamworth who are top of the league.

“They beat Alfreton 3-0 at home recently as well, so I don’t think you can read into anything. It’s such a tough league and anyone can beat anyone else on their day.

“It’s on astroturf so we have to prepare for that, and they play on it week in week out so will be more used to it than us.

“We’ve had some good performances on astro over the years, so hopefully it will be what we need.

“We need to get Saturday’s poor performance out of our system so the sooner we can get down there and get into the game, the better.”