A week after that defeat to Liversedge, sixteenth-placed Athersley Recreation are home again at Sheerien Park tomorrow night; this time they take on eighteenth-placed Staveley Miners Welfare in the Toolstation NCEL Premier division-and Athersley striker Kai Hancock knows the importance of getting back on the winning trail, writes Colin Muncie.
Kai told the Bootiful game “Tomorrow is a massive game for us. Staveley are in a similar position to us so we need to hit the ground running straight from the first whistle. It’s also a chance to show we can bounce back and not die after a defeat; the sooner we get back to winning ways the better, to get that winning mentality running through the team”.
Kai admits that perhaps there’s a psychological element to The Penguins recent run of form, although the weather hasn’t helped “I think we lose a lot of points because other teams want it more” he explained “I wouldn’t say it was a lack of quality because there is plenty of that through the squad; we have a good mix of youth and experience. It’s been tough recently trying to get a run of games with the bad weather but we’ve been training, and Potts (Manager Luke Potter) has been pushing us.
Lee Garside is back tomorrow after a three match ban- so that is a massive boost for the team and me”.