MANAGER Dave King is adamant his young squad has what it takes to repay the "phenomenal" backing of Tividale's followers by staying in the Midland League Premier Division.

After a torturous campaign which ended in relegation from the Evostik League, King's overhauled team has struggled to find its feet so far and exited the FA Vase with a 4-1 defeat at Malvern on Saturday.

But the Beeches boss has faith in his summer recruits to garner enough experience during the season and avoid falling through another trapdoor.

"With two players left from last season, it has been a big job but we have some quality there," said King.

"I believe we have some of the best young players in the area. They still have to get used to adult football but without a shadow of doubt, we can get to where we need to be by the end of the season.

"I have to thank the committee and supporters, they have been different class. The commitment and effort is there for all to see and the backing has been phenomenal in trying circumstances."

On Saturday's setback, King added: "The final score was a little bit harsh but Malvern certainly deserved the win. We had no complaints.

"They got back to 1-1 before half-time and went in front with 20 minutes to go. We pushed forward in search of an equaliser but got caught on the break in the last few minutes."

Forward Charlie Wilson returned from Midland One outfit Studley in time for last night's home league clash with Shepshed. Tividale journey to Long Eaton United on Saturday (3pm).

Captain Carl Gardener, Andre Edwards, Liam Smith, Craig Stephens and Craig Tibbetts are all still sidelined.