After watching his side record their biggest away win of the season at Eccleshall on Saturday, Widnes manager Steve Hill is hoping his side will use that result as a boost for their remaining games this season.
Hill accepts that his young side still have a lot to learn, but believes more results like Saturdays will help to grow confidence as well as experience.
“It’s about the lads adapting , realising they have to keep good concentration levels, because you are playing against good players”, he said.
“The North West Counties is an excellent level for any footballer to be playing at, and you are coming across lads who have more experience and know how”.
The general youthfulness of the squad is an area that Steve is constantly looking to address, and admits that it is a constant challenge to try and find players with the necessary experience to strengthen the squad.
“I’d like to get more experienced players, in as the young lads do need a bit of guidance on the pitch”, he said.
“We have a lot of young lads and we have had a habit of shooting ourselves in the foot. It’s a steep learning curve for them, and at any level you are going to get punished for your mistakes, not just in this league.
“We blow hot and cold, and sometimes we have been saying “how can we play as well as we did there”, but then revert back to type. It’s as if the penny hasn’t dropped.
“So it’s just a case of plugging away, but it’s important that the lads don’t become deflated.
“It’s our job as a management team to keep them believing in themselves and hopefully results will come”.