Irresistible force meets immovable object – with a local flavour – in Toolstation NCEL Division One when Winterton Rangers – top of the tree on goals – welcome Grimsby Borough – third, just two points behind, to West Street on Saturday – and the Wilderness Boys are heading to Scunthorpe expecting to face a group of players that they couldn’t rate more highly, writes Colin Muncie.
Borough Manager, Daniel Barrett told TBG, “we are looking forward to what we think will be our hardest game so far this season. Winterton have been the team to beat from Week One of the League this season, and have held that position for 15 weeks – which is huge credit to Rob (Watson, Rangers Manager) and his players. They are the best team in the league at the moment. They are still in the FA Vase, have had a fantastic start to the season, and don’t ship many goals, as you can see from their results.”
“A derby game is always a good game,” Daniel reminded us, “plenty of the lads know each other, with a few of the lads sharing changing rooms with each other in the past. I’m sure it will be a good game – and an important one, looking at the League table. I am just praying that we are talking about the football being played after the game – and not the officials as we unfortunately were when we last played (a 3-0 home win for Borough in September).”
“Rob will want redemption – and we will be 100% going for the victory.”
Grimsby Borough goalkeeper, Scott Drury had his own in-depth analysis of his teammates’ rigorous preparations for this big game – but took time out to pass on his best wishes to outgoing Joint Manager, Nathan Collins, who has moved on to Skegness Town. “Firstly, on behalf of the players we would like to wish Nath all the best at Skegness and thank him for the work he has done with us,” Scott told us. “We aren’t playing too well at the minute but the team has been a bit unsettled by four or five injuries and suspensions – but we’ve dug out a few wins and draws and it’s just about kept us up with the pace setters. It’s going to be refreshing going into a game as underdogs against Winterton this weekend – something we haven’t done too many times this season.”
Tongue in cheek, Scott ran through his colleagues’ pre-match idiosyncrasies. “It must be a biggy as Winny (Pete Winn) is laying off the takeaway on Friday night, Adam (Drury) is having a foot pedicure, Trotty (Dan Trott) is only having 5 beers, Igo (Liam Higton) is ironing his trackie – and I’m getting my hair cut,” Scott revealed. “So, we are looking good.”
“Bring on a positive result – and Disco Dave’s (Fenwick) party bus on the way home.”
Main photograph by Mark Parsons.