Knaresborough Town lead Toolstation NCEL Division One by five points, with a game in hand on nearest challengers Eccleshill United. On Saturday, they make the 66 mile trip south on the A1m to Walesby Lane, where thirteenth-placed Ollerton Town lie in wait- and Knaresborough Assistant Manager Paul Clayton references the reverse fixture , when Town won by the only goal, as evidence that it’ll be a tough fixture, writes Colin Muncie.
Paul told the Bootiful Game “We had a difficult game against Ollerton at home in September so we are expecting another tough challenge from them on Saturday. Every game gets a little bit harder, as all the teams seem to want to put one over the top of the league team. It’s a credit to the teams in the league really, as no team just rolls over, they all seem to raise their game by a minimum of twenty to thirty per cent – and in some cases even more than that”
Paul can’t quite see the finish line, but he is delighted by his squad’s application “We are having to dig deep every game to keep on getting the results” Paul admitted “so it’s a credit to our players that, so far, they have been coming up with the answers, which is enabling us to keep our noses slightly in front of the pack. We’re into the final third of the season now so the long run for home starts, and I am sure the top ten will all be thinking they can get promoted, which will make for an exciting end to the season”
“We will be doing all we can on Saturday to get a positive result to ensure we keep in the mix”.
Ollerton Manager Dave Winter knows his team can give Knaresborough a run for their money at the weekend, but he’s looking at a bigger picture too. “We’re under no illusions how tough the game is going to be” Dave said “Knaresborough are flying ,and are a very strong and well organised team, but we’re at home and if we’re at our best then we may be able to surprise one or two people. We’ve been playing well recently without being ruthless enough, so if we can improve certain aspects of our game then we will continue to climb the table”
Dave put the importance of the run –in into sharp context. “It’s important we focus on the job in hand” he warned. “There are lots of teams in and around us who have strengthened their squads recently in a bid to survive the prospect of up to 5 teams getting relegated from the league. We’d like to think we’ve done enough to stay out of the usual two relegation places but with uncertainty around the leagues situation ,we have to continue to work hard and improve.”
“We’re very happy with our new additions and they will help us as we aim to keep climbing the table and making progress as a club”.