Oldham admits he expects too much from Saras
GERRY Oldham admits he may have been overly hard on his Cheltenham Saracens players in recent weeks.
The Petersfield Park club visit Slimbridge tomorrow, still well placed for a top six finish in the Hellenic League Premier Division.
They are also still in three cup competitions, but Oldham finds it hard not to keep demanding more from his young team.
But, taking a step back, Oldham said they are doing him proud as they prepare for a hectic final three months to the campaign.
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"Sometimes I think I need to come down off my high horse because we are doing well and we don't have a budget, which a lot of the top teams in this league do," Oldham said.
"I am always striving for better and I'll always be like that, but I probably expect too much of them.
"If the season ended now we could be happy, so stepping back we should be chuffed with what we've achieved in a short space of time.
"In April we have to travel to places like Wokingham, Marlow and Holyport and it's a big ask for these lads, who don't get paid anything."
Saracens thrashed last season's champions Oxford City Nomads 5-1 last Saturday, but they went down 2-0 at home to third placed Wantage Town on Wednesday night and consistency is all Oldham wants to see more of.
"We're a bit naive, that's all," he said.
"We are lacking that know-how, but I need to be patient and let the lads mature and learn.
"Wantage were probably one of the best teams we've played this season and I can't have any complaints about the result and sometimes you have to hold your hand up."
Oldham has full respect for Slimbridge boss Leon Sterling and the job he has done at Wisloe Road, with the Swans currently lying fifth in the table.
"They are a good side and they've had the upper hand against us in the past few years," he said.
"We've had a couple of draws and a couple of defeats, so it's time we did the business against them really."
Josh Swales returns from suspension tomorrow, but Saracens will be without leading scorer Ethan Moore, who begins a two-match ban for a sending off.
Jordan Bryan remains sidelined with injury, but Oldham has an otherwise fully fit squad from which to pick.
Saracens play Highworth at home next Wednesday in the quarter-finals of the Floodlit Cup.