DEFIANT boss Paul Collicutt insists Evesham United’s best is yet to come – provided he gets a full complement to pick from.

A late equaliser saw Larkhall Athletic pinch a 1-1 draw at the Jubilee Stadium on Sunday, extending to seven matches in all competitions United’s winless run.

But Collicutt is far from despondent with his Robins still sat seventh in Southern League Division One South within goal difference of a top-five berth.

“It was frustrating, we had played well at Moneyfields the week before and got done late on and then with Larkhall scoring so late on a draw felt like a defeat,” he said.

“We are upbeat, though. It is up to us to change our fortunes and the only ones who can do it are the players.

“There is still a long way to go yet, we’re not even halfway through the season.

“People ask me why I do it – well I do it because I love it and the biggest thing for me is that it is an outlet from the pressures of my day job.

“I feel for the players because I know they wanted to win as badly as I did. They were bitterly disappointed but if we play like we did on Sunday, we will win more than we lose.

“Another reason for feeling positive is that I know we can get better.

“We are not at full throttle yet, we’re simmering rather than being at boiling point. When we get there I am confident we will win games.”

Injuries and suspensions have played their part in recent weeks with Steve Davies, Liam Harding, Archie Haskayne and Kye Simpson unavailable alongside long-term absentees Ashley Williams and Shayne Anson.

“We need to get everyone fit and available, you need that healthy competition to be pushing but I haven’t had that so far this season with some nasty injuries,” added Collicutt.

“You need that continuity, to pick the same 11 or 12 players week in week out, to be successful. I have not been in a position to do that but I still have a lot of faith in what we have.

“When we get everyone back and available I would like to think we could start asking more questions.”

United host Cirencester Town on Saturday (3pm).