Harrogate Town must stay upbeat despite Tuesday’s points blow and their poor run of results, insists boss Simon Weaver.
Town were docked three points on Tuesday after fielding three ineligible players in the 2-1 opening day victory at Oxford City.
Town fell in breach of the Football Conference’s Membership Rule 6.9 after an administration error meant Shane Killock, Adam Bolder and Craig MacGillivray had not been registered prior to the season start.
The trio all signed a two-year deal with Town towards the end of last season.
The club have also been fined £300 by the Football Conference.
And the three points lost dropped Town down to 12th in Skrill North.
The club’s secretary has since resigned, and on Wednesday, Town announced Mike Bligh has taken over the post.
“It was a blow at the time for everyone at the club after all the hard work and preparation put in,” said Weaver.
“But we move on.”
The deduction capped a difficult two weeks for Town after three straight league defeats.
Weaver’s men failed to finish a host of first half chances at home to second-placed Brackley Town on Saturday before the 10-man visitors stole a 1-0 victory.
Defeats against Histon and Stalybridge, when goalkeeper Craig MacGillivray’s red card sparked a three goal turnaround, preceded Saturday’s loss.
But the gaffer brushed off the losing run after encouraging signs from his side.
He said: ”We played better in periods than when we won 6-1 last season.
“Even their manager admitted after the game we battered them in the first half.
“The tide will turn. The stats show we are heading in the right direction.
“It’s the nature of the beast that people will panic.
“But the important thing is for me to keep a level head.
“It’s easy to jump on the negative bandwagon. I have to keep a steady head and stay positive.”
Weaver dismissed the idea there were any issues with players, after star midfielders Bolder and Michael Woods were left on the bench for the second game running.
“It’s a squad game - they are fantastic players for us, as are the others,” he said.
“Nobody stands above others in the pecking order.
“Everyone is on board in the changing room.”
Liam Hardy and Adam Nowakowski have started the last two matches and the gaffer praised their “massive impact.”
He added: “They have waited patiently and been fantastic,
“Liam hit the post, he hit the bar and had a lad sent off. That shows the impact he’s had.
“As a local lad Adam probably gets the bad end of it. People have to believe we can create our own players.”
Leigh Franks remains a doubt for Saturday’s FA Cup second qualifying match at Colwyn Bay after missing the Brackley match.
The return to cup action acts as a welcome reminder for Weaver of happier times, after Town progressed to the second round proper last season.
And the boss is hopeful a repeat run can be achieved despite a tough opener.
He said: “It’s not always easy to replicate an FA Cup run but we have to take the positive that we have a stronger squad now.
“Colwyn is as hard a tie as you are going to get in this round.
“ But they’re all winnable.”