Knaresborough Town came home on Saturday with all three points following a fine win away at Hemsworth MW – and super-soaked player-coach Colin Heath was delighted with the three points.
“We had an interesting game on Saturday – it was lovely weather!
“Yes, it was very challenging in the conditions but I thought we played well, especially in the first half I thought we played really well. It was a bit of a shame we were 1-0 down at half-time but I felt overall over the ninety minutes we deserved it.
“We were playing against a very good team with a good management team as well. I thought it was a competitive game and two weeks in a row where it was a really good one for the neutrals. I think we only led the game once out of the three times and that was the key one.”
You say it was “challenging conditions”. How bad was it?
“I was quite thankful that I’ve got an injury at the moment because it was pretty cold with the freezing rain. It was just so cold, especially in the second half when it came down a bit more and the pitch was pretty soft by then. It was a really ground out result in the end in the second half.”
Now you look forward to the West Riding Cup midweek. How seriously do you take that type of competition?
“As I said to you in the previous interview, for me any game you play in you want to be competitive. It’s no different in this competition: we’re wanting to win the game. It might be a chance for a few players to get a few minutes under their belt but we will certainly be trying in the game. You want to win every competition so we’ll look forward to it as well.”
You’re 7 points behind Yorkshire Amateur now with a game in hand. What’s the mood like in the camp? Is it very positive?
“Yes it is. I think the lads deserve massive praise for the last three games, although in different ways. Saturday was really, really hard fought but I thought actually we played some of the best football we’ve played in the last three games. The lads deserve a massive pat on the back but we now go into another difficult week. Christmas is coming up and various things are going on. We’ve just got to be focused so we’ll be trying to win Tuesday and Saturday so we set up Christmas nicely for ourselves then we come back the week after.”
Do you think games will be postponed over the coming week?
“To be honest with you, it’s so hard because you want to keep your ground. If it gets really bad, the pitches at the moment are just starting to cut up so much. We had a couple of floodlight failures on Saturday as well! We’d just come out and the floodlights went out so it all happened on Saturday!”