It is invariably difficult to mould a fledgling squad into a hard-nosed, tough-to-beat, experienced team. With 16 new players arriving at the club to make up our ranks following the long Covid layoff, it very quickly became clear that Albion were in a rebuilding phase.
With pre-season preparations going well, there was optimism in the camp, that we might be in the mix for promotion. It was not to be.
A series of tough encounters in our opening five games of the season gave us a serious wake-up call. In truth, Albion have been competitive and came close in many games, but regularly just unable to go the extra nine yards to find a way to win.
It has been a similar and recurring story so far this term. Albion are there or thereabouts, but lack that deep-rooted confidence and belief that only comes with experience.
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