Ross demanding a winning mindset

Allan Ross believes that tough love will help Horncastle Town achieve their full potential this season.
Scott Lowman in action for Town last season. Photo: John AronScott Lowman in action for Town last season. Photo: John Aron
Scott Lowman in action for Town last season. Photo: John Aron

Ross has returned to The Wong as joint manager alongside Mickey Stones, having previously been a player at the club and assistant to ex-boss Glen Maddison.

Having also worked with Maddison at Sleaford Town, Ross then joined Pinchbeck United where he helped Ian Dunn guide the Knights from the Peterborough League to the United Counties League Premier Division.

Now Ross wants to deliver success at his former stamping ground.

“I loved my time at Pinchbeck and learned so much as we went from local step seven to five, having budgets and trying to manage players of a higher calibre,” he said.

“That was, at times, challenging. This time there’s no budget and it’s like pressing the reset button and going back to step seven to try to change players’ mentailities.

“I need to get 10-15 per cent extra out of each player. It’s about changing their mindset, we’re now dealing with players that probably hadn’t played at the higher levels and they’re comfortable with where they’re at, enjoying their football.

“I only enjoy it when I’m winning.”

Ross has been impressed with how the squad have bought into his methods so far this pre-season.

“We’ve got them out of their comfort zones, there’s been intensity in training.

“I’ve seen them develop over the past few weeks. I’m not saying we’re going to win the league but we’re going to have a bigger fight than over the last few years, but with the same local lads who are very committed to the club and the cause.”

Town will kick off their season in the new-look 17-team Balcan Lighting Lincolnshire League on Saturday when they entertain Brigg Town CIC (KO 3pm).

“When Mickey gave me a call I felt it was the perfect opportunity to return to the club,” Ross added.

“I felt I owed them something personally after they gave me my first chance.

“I’ve always kept in touch with the management team and I’ve been over to watch games.

“They’re a club that’s close to my heart.

“Back in the day we had nothing, we didn’t have the facilities we have now. The team’s come a long way, the club has.”

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