As the USS TBG hurtles towards 2019, Commander Craig T Kendall rallied his weary journos for one more assault on the NCEL as 2018 draws to a close. Our mission – to boldly preview and summarise the last round of fixtures – and Commander Craig drew on his extensive NCEL Manager Playbook to motivate his exhausted writers. “Let’s dust ourselves down,” he urged us from the helm. “We go again…and don’t expect any money, either…”
Any road up, back to the footie, and one team who have been orbiting quite nicely recently are Swallownest, up to tenth after an excellent December. The Rotherham Road side will want to bring the year to an upbeat close when sixth-place Worsbrough Bridge Athletic arrive for a fascinating-looking Toolstation NCEL Division One clash in S26 on Saturday – and Assistant Manager, Joel Evans is delighted by how things are coming together on and off the field, writes Colin Muncie.
“A Happy Christmas and soon to be New Year to everyone at TBG,” Joel told us. “This Saturday can’t come quick enough for me personally and the lads. We want to maintain our recent improvements and demonstrate to others that we are where we are on merit. Jordan (Stocks, Manager) and I have set ourselves our own targets for the New Year – and if we can be anywhere near them come the end of season, it should be a great one.”
Joel paid tribute to the players and the terrific volunteers at the club – Chairman Mick, Wayne, Tony, Darryl and Richard amongst others – and explained that there had been an increased level of interest in the South Yorkshire club. “We must be doing something right – we now have players phoning us to come and play, and not the other way around; so, all in all, the club and everyone involved, must be on the right track. On Saturday, Worsbrough will be very physical and direct; but if we play like we did at theirs, we should be able to deal with them – and hopefully get the three points.”
As Swallownest Manager, Jordan Stocks reflects on an excellent 2018 he wants to bring it to an upbeat close with another three-point haul at home to Worsbrough Bridge Athletic – but he knows that he and his players are in for a testing afternoon in Toolstation NCEL Division One, writes Colin Muncie.
“First and foremost, Happy Christmas,” Jordan told TBG. “Saturday draws 2018 to an end with us entertaining Worsbrough, who Lee Morris has done a fantastic job with. They’re flying high.”
“It will be the end to my first full calendar year in charge – and what fantastic strides the club have made on and off the pitch,” Jordan summarised. “On Saturday we aim to continue this, and end the year hopefully in the top ten. What an achievement that will be!”
“For us to get anything from the contest, we will have to be on our game as we were against Campion, Winterton and Selby, as Worsbrough are up the table in their company,” he warned. “It will be a real test for us – but if we want to progress, these are the fixtures we need to be winning.”