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Both camps are certain that it will be a tremendous match-up by the River Dove

Sixth in Toolstation NCEL Division One, Worsborough Bridge Athletic can’t lose their place to Saturday’s visitors’ Hallam when the two sides meet at Park Road this weekend – but they can extend the headroom over the Countrymen with a win – and both camps are certain that it will be a tremendous match-up by the River Dove, writes Colin Muncie.

Briggers Manager, Lee Morris goes into the contest with tremendous respect for the opposition – but no fear. “I’m really looking forward to this one, and if the weather holds off, I think we are in for a cracker. I believe Hallam will be right up there when the season finishes, and are one of the best teams in this Division. Scott (Bates), Stephen (Whitehead), and Bamf (Dean Bamforth) have done a great job in getting together a squad that’s going to challenge come May time. We are going to have to be at our best if we are going to get something from this game – but when we are at our best, we are a match for anyone in this League.”

Lee is convinced that he’ll be out of pocket after the dust has settled. “I think whether you’re a Worsbrough fan, a Hallam fan or just a neutral, I’d get down to this game as both teams score goals – so it should be a cracker,” Lee insisted. “One thing is for sure – come five o’clock on Saturday, I’ll be buying the drinks as Mr Tight – AKA Bamf – has never bought one yet!”

From a Hallam perspective, Joint Manager, Stephen Whitehead is hoping to get his players back into action, but he’s not optimistic after the recent rainfall. “Hopefully we get the game on but with the weather conditions as they are then it looks doubtful,” he admitted. “Again, it’s a week without a midweek game – due to the weather on Tuesday – and that’s another fixture we have to try and pencil in further down the line. We’re still quite a few games behind; and hopefully we don’t fall further behind due to weather conditions, as it takes its toll later on in the season – and we end up playing four games in a week.”

“We – as always – will prepare right as I’m sure will Worsborough, who have been doing well this season,” Stephen insisted.

“We shall see if the rain can hold off – and we get the game on.”

Birthday-boy Scott Bates admitted that he and his colleagues were disappointed when the rainfall intervened ahead of the midweek game with FC Bolsover. “We were a little bit frustrated with the game being called off on Tuesday, but nobody can do anything about the weather. We have training on Thursday again, and I know we are all looking forward to Saturday.”

“Just fingers crossed with the weather.”

Assistant Manager, Dean Bamforth is well aware of the progress that the Briggers have made under buddy Lee Morris. “It’s a great game in prospect against Worsborough – sixth versus seventh,” Dean admitted. “Mozz is a great friend of mine who I respect immensely within the game. He’s done a great job and Worsborough are a different animal than the whipping boys they used to be.”

“We were gutted that our game was off on Tuesday – but we’re in on Thursday,” Dean reported, “and we’ll assess and prepare after that.”

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