February was a good month for 17th placed Barton Town, with two wins and a draw in the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division. On Saturday, the Swans head to title-chasing Pontefract Collieries (3rd)-and on the eve of the clash at Beechnut Lane, Barton manager Dave Ricardo told us that he travels to Pontefract optimistic of reversing their heavy home defeat in the reverse fixture back in October, writes Colin Muncie.
Dave told the Bootiful Game “The group are looking forward to the game for a variety of reasons. Firstly, as we owe them one from a few months ago after Gary (Alanson, Assistant) and I had just taken over. The squad and most importantly the attitude of our players has now changed so I am confident of giving it a real go. I have the upmost respect for the two Craig’s (Parry and Rouse) and have had some cracking battles with their sides over the last few years. We will be at full strength and working hard at training on Thursday night ensuring that we put our game to them”
Dave was keen to build on Craig Rouse’s recent, favourable comments about officials at Ponte’s last match “On another note, I read Craig’s comments regarding referees and completely agree with him in the fact that have been getting an undue bad rap recently” he said.” I think it’s disrespectful, the amount of bad mouthing they have received via social media. During a game I’m usually the first to remind an official if they are having one but as soon as you have shaken hands and got into the bar, it’s over.”
“I know as a manager and definitely as a player, I made far more mistakes than the man in the middle does.”