For a club who could write an encyclopedia on how to do things the hard way, Finn Harps’ season thus far has followed a familiar path.
Peter Hutton’s side concluded the first half of the season on the slide, picking up just one point from a possible 12 in the Airtricity League First Division.
However, in one of the most open campaigns in recent years, Harps, although having slipped to sixth in the standings, are still only four points off second place.
Longford Town are the runaway leaders in the division currently, six points in front of second placed Athlone Town.
Before last Friday, Tony Cousins’ side had lost just twice in 13 games and both of those defeats came against Harps.
On the other hand, prior to the Ballybofey team’s visit to Drom on Friday, table croppers Salthill Devon hadn’t won at home all season. Harps left empty-handed.
Such schizophrenic tendencies make Hutton’s frustration understandable.
However, from last July, Harps went on a 10-match unbeaten run and something similar this term would be hugely encouraging.
With no Limerick FC, Cork City or Shelbourne, it’s the most open First Division in years and Harps have shown on occasion this term that they’re a match for anyone.
Consistency is key and it’s what Hutton demands.