First up in our comprehensive series of previews ahead of Saturday’s Toolstation NCEL League Programme is Parkgate Manager Billy Fox. Speaking to the Club’s website, Foxy reflected on last night’s narrow home defeat to Liversedge, on his latest efforts to strengthen his squad for the run-in, and, as he looked forward to a big (in every sense) local clash with Worksop Town coming up at Green Lane, Foxy talked about the impact of recent changes at the Sandy Lane club, writes Colin Muncie for the Parkgate FC website and the Bootiful Game.
The Steelmen’s loss by the only goal left the in 21st placed in the Premier Division ahead of the visit of Worksop Town, tenth in the table and on a difficult run of their own; but Foxy started by summing up that Liversedge defeat. He told us “We knew that Liversedge would be very strong physically and to be fair to them defensively they are the best team we have played against. Our strikers got very little change out of them all night. I said to the players at half time that the game would end 1-0 to either side and to make sure it was not us that lost it to a mistake. That’s exactly what happened with their goal where a misplaced pass by us played their forward through, one on one. We then huffed and puffed but they clear their lines well. Seven points is no doubt a massive gap -but we still believe we are capable and will carry on trying”.
“We are trying to bring a couple of players in before the deadline but some wish to wait and see which Division we’ll be in next season- so it’s not easy”.
Foxy then turned his attention to an attractive-looking match up with Worksop Town, under new management on and off the park. “I spoke to Duncan (Milligan, Worksop’s Manager) at the Bootiful Game podcast and they very much have their eyes on next season which is a good thing for him to see which players they wish to retain or let go” Foxy explained. “It’s only the same as doing it in preseason -and added to the players they will bring in during the summer I am sure they will have a decent side. They are trying to play football- as we are- so it should be pleasing on the eye to watch.
Foxy is optimistic that the Tigers will be challenging at the top end of the Division sooner rather than later.”The Worksop fans need to be patient as they have had three different Managers lately, all with different ideas” he suggested “I am sure Duncan will bring stability to the club on the pitch- and they seem to be going in the right direction off it”.