5th placed Nostell Miners Welfare are one of three teams tied on 42 points and hot on the heels of Division One’s top two, and they travel to face a struggling but improving Harworth Colliery side today when they will aim to close the gap, writes Ian Robinson.
We will hear the views of our usual contributor Jason Dodsworth shortly, but we start with the thoughts of his Joint Manager Simon Houghton who gave TBG a mid-season progress report on The Welfare.
“Obviously we would like to be top, but the league position doesn’t lie and we are where we are for a reason. We have some very talented players at our disposal but we know that we need more than just ability, and we feel that in the last two games, maybe the penny has finally dropped that we need to be able to work, not only as hard as our opponents, but harder than that.”
“We have shown that defensively we have improved massively from last season and that has been the foundation for us to build on. The time has now come for our forwards to step up a gear and make our wins more emphatic and we know that they will do that.”
“Training on Tuesday was very competitive and very tough. We won’t be letting up with the players because we want them to give everything until the end of the season.”
Turning to today’s game, Simon added, “We have another very tough test at Harworth. They gave us a very tough game in August and I fully expect the same tomorrow. It is starting to build up now and everyone around will start to play each other so points somewhere will be dropped.”
Jason echoed his thoughts, telling us, “It’s going to be another hard fought game against a Harworth team who have started to get to grips with this league now and have had some good results. We’ve found a solid base in our team now and are playing well, so we need to keep this up as Simon and I preach to the lads week in, week out. We couldn’t ask any more from them in the last two games and if we apply ourselves in the same manner on Saturday, then I’m hopeful we can get the job done. Every game is a test and there are no gimmes so we will show Harworth the respect they deserve.”
Following last week’s fun and games at Rossington when Nostell missed not one but two spot kicks, Jason joked “Let’s hope we don’t get any penalties this week as we are down to the defenders to take them.”