A tough day at the Office for Harworth Colliery yesterday as they tumbled to a 7-1 home defeat to fourth –placed Grimsby Borough in Toolstation NCEL Division One –and as Colliery Manager Lee Needham explains, the injury epidemic which has plagued his side this season so far shows little sign of abating, writes Colin Muncie.
“It was a difficult afternoon for us” Lee admitted in conversation with TBG. “I think Grimsby are the best team in the league, to be fair, and when we are missing five or six of our players it’s always going to be a tough task. I feel like I keep saying the same things, but to compete at this level you have to have your best players on the pitch, and we proved that on Tuesday. If that’s the case we can compete -but at the moment to have so many inexperienced players on the pitch is a big ask. We have a tough run of fixtures this month and it’s difficult; but at the end of this month we will have played Grimsby twice and Winterton twice -and from what I have seen those are the two to beat”.
Harworth have been restructuring their back room staff with a view to the future. “We are working hard to build a foundation for young players to progress through our system” he told us “Brendan Wilson has taken over as Reserve team manager. He has been at the club for a very long time, so he fully understands the importance of progressing players through the system and hopefully together we can do that”.
“However it’s not easy, as the level of men’s football they are coming into is very good; so they have to learn quickly”.