Billingham boss knows his side has self belief to avoid relegation

Billingham Synthonia boss Conrad Hillerby paid a glowing tribute to striker Michael Sweet who notched all of his side’s goals in the 5-2 victory over Ashington on Saturday.

And he is also convinced a self belief amongst his squad will see them pull away from the relegation zone.

Hillerby, who took over the reigns at the Teesside outfit in early November, said: “Michael Sweet has had an excellent day for us today. When I first came to the club the poor lad was lacking in confidence and the team was struggling, and strikers struggle without confidence.

“Now he is on form, sharp and instinctive as well as being a clinical finisher.

“We have worked tirelessly of late just getting the commitment message of work rate into the players and now we are a lot tighter unit.

“In the first half I thought we were in full control of the game and deserved our 2-0 lead – although it could have been a bigger margin.

“All managers at any level will say when you go in at half-time with a two-nil lead, that for the first 15 minutes of the second period you make sure you shut up shop, but today my full back slips and we let Ashington back into the game.

“You then start to worry about conceding again, but the character in the squad is excellent.

“They went and drove on again and were very sharp in possession of the ball.

“The plan was to counter attack into the final third as we knew Ashington would have to come at us to try and get back into the game.

“Obviously we picked them off and got extra goals and over the 90 minutes deserved the win.

“We have good commitment right from the back four through to the front line, but the biggest thing for me is that we have a dressing room who have got some self belief – a belief that we can get out of this relegation zone.”