‘Current success depends on next four games,’ says Old Albanian coach Holloway

Andy Holloway

Andy Holloway - Credit: Archant

Old Albanian head coach Andy Holloway insists that his team’s current success will be depend on their next four results.

OAs extended their winning run to four games with an eight-try, 51-14 dismantling of Macclesfield at Priory Park on Saturday. Brian Quinn’s match report can be read online.

However, Holloway’s side is still in the bottom four of the National League One table and he therefore insists that the success of the current streak will be determined in the run in to the Christmas break.

“We had a terrible start to the league, losing eight games, and now we’ve put four good results together,” he said.

“The next four weeks will determine whether the last four were valuable. We gave ourselves a huge amount of ground to make up but we’re chipping away at it.”

Standing between OAs and their fifth consecutive win is Esher. Home field advantage has provided the edge between the teams in recent meetings, so Holloway is confident ahead of Saturday’s showdown.

“We always view them as a top three side but the lads’ confidence is up. We’ve had four wins so far and we’ll have a good crack at them and hopefully get number five on Saturday,” he said.

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“We’ve beaten them at home so we know we can win on Saturday, we did that the year before as well. Both sides have changed a lot since then but we’re still confident we can win.”

After Esher, Old Albanian face trips to Hartbury College and Ealing Trailfinders either side of a home game against Darlington Mowden Park before the Christmas break.

If OAs are to build on their success, they will have to utilise every weapon in their arsenal. The fact that his side can win in so many different ways, from last-second kicks to overwhelming attack and stout defence, is something Holloway is particulary proud of. “The last six weeks, including the losses to Blaydon and Fylde, we’ve been going in the right direction, which we weren’t before,” he explained.

“The win over Macclesfield was just reward for the work we put in during the first half. Their forwards were under f pressure and we spent a lot of time camped in their 22. Then, in the second half, our attack was as good as I’ve ever seen it.”

He added: “The confidence in the camp is high, as it should be for a winning team. People got used to losing. We knew once we broke that habit then a few wins would follow.”

OAs return to Woollams this Saturday to face Esher in National League One, 3pm kick-off.

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