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Old friends ready for Yorkshire derby

The Southerns Stadium plays host to a Premier Division derby on Saturday as high flying Yorkshire Amateur take on struggling Harogate Railway Athletic, with both camps expecting a difficult game, writes Ian Robinson.

Ammers joint boss Neil Sibson paid a compliment to his opposite number Craig Ogilvie, the former Manager of the Ammers Under 21 side, “Craig’s lads will be very well organised as always and they will be hoping to impress their new boss as Craig will also be hoping for a win back at his old haunt.

“We have trained well this week and we will be buzzing to go on Saturday but we are under no illusion as it will be another tough test for us as they all are in this division.

“I’m sure me and Craig will have a pint and a chat whatever the result after saturdays game and I wish him and his lads all the best for the season apart from Saturday!”

Meanwhile, Ogilvie was similarly complementary about the opposition, “It’s a tough game for us on Saturday as we’re probably going up against in my opinion the best footballing team and most dangerous team in the league in Yorkshire Amateurs.

“I’ve got nothing but respect for Ammers. I was there last season and worked with the first team a little bit and they’re a top group of players and a good bunch of lads as well so I’m looking forward to seeing people again at the club.

“There’s a lot been said in terms of budgets and support they have at their disposal but you’ve still got to get the players respect and playing the way you want and Sibbo and the management team have done that and possibly didn’t get the credit they deserved last year when they were promoted.

“We come into the game on the back of a really encouraging performance against Penistone where I thought we were very good at times, especially breaking in numbers going forward and the game on Saturday will no doubt suit us against another team who will try and play football.

“We’re not going just to make up the numbers, we’re going there with the mentality to try and win the game. To go with any other mindset, you’re already 1-0 down before the whistle is blown or a ball is kicked!!

We’ve worked well in training this week on our own style of play in preparation for Saturday and the lads are really looking forward to it so I’m hopeful of another good performance to take into the rest of the season and beyond because Saturdays game certainly won’t make or break our season.

“We’re huge underdogs and have nothing to lose but everything to gain which sometimes isn’t the worst position to be in as there’s zero pressure on us.”

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