Saturday sees NCEL Division One side Rossington Main make the journey over to second-placed Nostell Miners Welfare who are smarting over their second loss in as many games, whilst Ryan Hindley is on the opposite end of the spectrum after their 11-2 Senior Cup win.
“To be honest, we were under the cosh a bit in the first half. We came out of the traps like I asked us to do and started really, really well. Then we just took our foot off the gas because it seemed a little bit easy for us. Credit to them, they absolutely battered us for fifteen minutes. They got a goal then we scored again. They obviously scored again to make it 3-2 just before half-time so it could have been a completely different game going in at half-time.
“I sat the boys down and we had a chat. We just discussed that our fitness levels should see us through. But what was pleasing from the first off was that every time we went forward we looked like we could score so I just said keep on doing what you’re doing. With your fitness levels and the quality we’ve got we’ll be okay.
“We came on for the second half on the front foot and suddenly raced into a 5-2 lead. Then again, the last twenty minutes when they started to look a little bit leggy, we kicked in again and scored another four more, I think! I honestly thought it was ten but it was eleven so I’m delighted with that.
“Again, my front three were outstanding with seven goals between them and that’s what they get paid to do. We could have done better for the two goals. Some of my midfielders and some of my young pups who came on and went on to score goals so, on the whole, goals shared out nicely and some really pleasing stuff.
“I think the fans are really pleased with what they’re starting to see and what’s coming together.”
After Hindley’s expert reflectin, the charismatic manager looks forward to Nostell away on Saturday and it doesn’t become much more difficult.
“No it doesn’t. They obviously lost on Saturday and Wednesdsy and they’ll be licking their wounds. Again it’s one of those things: people are dangerous when that sort of thing happens so hopefully we won’t feel the brunt of their defeat to Hallam. I’ve been speaking to Scott (Bates) and the guys at Hallam and they have nothing but praise for Nostell and said it could have been a completely different game.
‘I’m well aware of Jason (Dodsworth) and how his team will play and what a great job he’s done. So we’re going to have to be at our best, we’re going to have to defend a lot better than we are doing because I believe they will score goals against anybody.
“We’re going to have to defend a lot better and that’s what we’re going to work on tomorrow but it’s going to be a big ask.
“But we go there full of confidence and we go there having scored fifteen goals in the last three games so I’m quite happy top end of the pitch. I just need to make sure we win our individual battles and we defend better than we have done the last two games.”
Hindley took over three weeks ago after Duncaan Milligan left, and he had some positive to say about the club.
“What’s impressed me the most is the people who were going to get dismissed in terms of people thought that we couldn’t work with – they had chips on their shoulders, they didn’t want to be at the club, they’d been there too long and become stale – I believe in this month that we’ve been there – or less than a month – that we’ve turned these people round.
“I don’t like naming names but I’m going to!
I think Dec Howe’s a prime example of somebody that I knew a little bit who came to me at Worksop and we didn’t take him. Maybe that’s a little bit of a mistake on my part but people thought that he’d had quite a few clubs and he wasn’t particularly interested in the game.
“Since I came in he’s been absolutely outstanding, he’s scoring goals and he looks like a footballer, which is fantastic, I think.
“I think it’s great to see Lee Holmes (pictured above) back, looking fit and scoring goals.
“Jason Stokes, who’s been there a while and got stale and I think he’d admit that; the Chairman will admit that. He’s playing out of his skin and there are not many better players in the league than Jason when he comes to the party.
“I think the most pleasing thing is the players that weren’t necessarily performing, not getting game time or looked like being discarded have really come to the party and worked hard since I’ve joined. I’m delighted with that. I think Jordan Turner’s (pictured above) been outstanding with his work rate. He’s not weighing in as much as he’d like but some of his playing and the assists that he’s creating have been brilliant.
“Collectively I’m happy. There are one or two areas where we’d like to be better but ask any manager. Whether you’re top of the league with Nostell or Winterton, they’ll have some areas they want to improve in and we’re no different to that.
“There are one or two people I’d like to bring in but money talks and we’ve got a budget that we need to stick to. The way we want to finish the season is potentially a top half finish. Wherever we finish in that top half is great but we don’t want to ruin the club and chuck silly money at certain people and players I don’t necessarily think deserve that.
“We’ll work within the constraints we’ve got and, if we carry on as we are with one or two people, we’ll be a bit of a force to be reckoned with. People are looking at us now and thinking that maybe Rossington isn’t that six-points. Maybe it’s going to be two very tough games that the opposition and the other management teams face.”
Interview superbly transcribed by Ellie Dalglish.
All images courtesy of Off The Bench Media.