Midweek results may have demoted them to fourth in the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division, but Handsworth Parramore are still right there in the promotion shake up with the finishing line almost in sight-but to stay that way come five o’clock on Saturday, they’ll have to overcome one of the Division’s dark horse sides-Liversedge-and their larger-than- life Manager, Jonathan Rimmington, writes Colin Muncie.
Handsworth Manager Jas Colliver is even more wary of Saturday’s visitors after their fine 5-2 win at Athersley on Wednesday. Jas told the Bootiful Game “We welcome Liversedge for Saturday’s game, after an impressive result on Wednesday night. Rimmo is a great character and a hardworking manager at this level and I take my hat off to him. It’s been a difficult period for most Non-League teams during the poor spell of weather”.
His side’s recent form has been pretty impressive, although Jas feels that last time out his players looked a little off-colour “In our last game at home against Worksop Town I felt we managed the game well enough for all three points, but didn’t perform as we did in February where we maintained high standards throughout. I want the players to express themselves in and out of possession: although the lads worked hard, we never found any rhythm in our play.
Jas feels that he and his back room staff have done all they can to prepare the team I difficult weather conditions. “The lads have trained well and we feel as though we can’t do anything else as a management team in terms of getting the lads ready for action” he said. “The players are always enthusiastic and a pleasure to work with when it comes to their application in training.
Jas is pretty circumspect about the run in, and is still hopeful of adding a couple of reinforcements “We know how difficult Saturday and the remaining fixtures are going to be; as far as we are concerned as always we will be fighting for as many points as we can possibly get ,and take it from there. The squad is pretty stretched and with the deadline looming we will potentially look to bring a couple of bodies in but failing that we will step our talented U21s and Reserves up to give them a further opportunity with First Team football.