SWINDON TOWN LADIES manager Dan Jones hopes his side can start turning narrow defeats into positive results, starting with this weekend’s game at home to Chesham United.

Town lost 1-0 at Chesham earlier in the season and have either drawn or lost by a single goal in each of their last four games while having not won at all since early September.

Jones’ squad were hit by a devastating injury to Carla Heaton when the two sides met in October and will be without her for a “significant period of time” but the manager said whoever plays must start grinding out results if Town are to remain in the division.

He said: “Now we’re coming to the turn of the year, we’ve got to start picking up points and climbing the table.

“It’s still a transition year for us, we’re making changes and trying to make improvements and move the club forward.

“It’s going to be a long process and we’re not expecting to be challenging at the top end of the league, but we want to be picking up points in games that we’re competing in.

“We lost 1-0 down at Chesham and again, felt like we could have got something out of the game, but the injury overshadowed the game a little bit, so we put that result to bed quite quickly.

“Hopefully we can take the game to them at our place and get something out of the game. They’re going well at the moment, but we feel like we’ve got enough within our squad to be able to match most of the teams in this league and pick up points,” he said.

Last weekend, Town once again suffered a close defeat, losing 2-1 to Brislington, but Jones insisted he saw more than enough to convince him positive results are just around the corner.

Jones said: “Performance-wise, we were on the money. We made a couple of changes in personnel but stuck to our principles.

“The girls performed really well, not just the starting XI but the girls that came off the bench made an impact as well.

“I felt that we deserved three points, we certainly deserved a point, so to come away with nothing was a bitter pill to swallow.”