After a testing period, St Albans City manager Ian Allinson believes his side are well set to go on a positive run of results.
City ended a seven game winless streak with a 3-2 defeat of Welling United last week and remain in the National League South play-off places.
A number of departures and injuries over the festive period disrupted the Saints’ season to a certain extent, but Allinson now feels his new look squad is settled.
“We are a little bit fragile and victories have not come along. As I have said all along, I believe the squad is in good shape and I believe the players are good players,” Allinson said.
“We know we had to make two or three changes too many over the Christmas period with the players we lost.
“We have had to replace four or five players and it has taken a little longer than expected to bed the whole lot down. Hopefully we can put a run together for the rest of the season.”
Tuesday’s win should have been secured in far more routine fashion after Charlie Walker’s first two goals for City gave them a 2-0 lead inside 20 minutes.
Christian Nanetti pulled one back for Welling before a Matt Fish own-goal restored the two goal City advantage.
There was still time for a late scare as Adam Coombes netted to reduce the deficit in the fourth minute of added time.
Allinson’s options have been further boosted by the return of Sam Corcoran to Clarence Park.
The 26-year-old left City to join Hemel Hempstead Town in acrimonious fashion last year, but is now back at the club he joined in 2104.
Corcoran acknowledges the decision to leave was a mistake on his part and is eager to repay the faith shown in him by City.
“To say that I am happy about signing back at St Albans is an understatement,” he wrote on twitter.
“The club has always shown me respect and treats people the right way. 100 per cent was my worst decision in football to leave the club in the summer.
“I will do everything I can to make up for lost time and make it up to everyone at the club for leaving.”
Allinson echoed Corcoran’s sentiments and insists City will be a better side for his return to the club.
“Sam has been very apologetic in terms of admitting he should never have left the football club,” he said.
“I think where we are at the moment, a Sam Corcoran in the squad will be good for us.”
Last week’s result leaves City fifth in the table, with a single point advantage over Hungerford Town.
At the time of going to press they were preparing for a midweek game against Poole before facing Chelmsford on Saturday.
The match against Chelmsford will represent a stern test of City’s play-off aspirations as they take on a side also vying for a top five spot.
Chelmsford were in solid form on Saturday and eased to a 2-0 win over Truro City.