HUNTER: “This league…it’s becoming harder to compete with some of the finances being thrown about!”

A point each in a stirring West Yorkshire derby at the Bannister Prentice Stadium, as Garforth Town came from behind to seal a 1-1 draw with Thackley in the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division – and Miners Manager, Rob Hunter felt that the crowd of 110 got full value for money as he described the difficulties the ‘have-nots’ face in competition with the ‘haves’, writes Colin Muncie.

Kristian Hargreaves put the Dennyboys ahead after just seven minutes, but Josh Robinson levelled for Garforth with twenty minutes left.

“A draw was a fair result and both teams had chances to win it,” Rob told us. “I thought it was a really good advert for the League as both teams worked hard to win the match and showed great attitudes. I spoke with Paddy (Patrick McGuire), their Manager, after the game and we agreed how tough this League is, and how it’s becoming harder and harder to compete with some of the finances being thrown about. You work hard to get a player, but it seems to be about how much you can pay them now and it tends to be the first question they ask when you speak to them. This means clubs like Thackley have to go find a player with potential and work with that player to give him experience and help him progress, then as soon as you play one of the wealthier club’s they throw money at him to go play for them.” 

Rob has a lot of time for his opposite number. “Paddy has shown himself to be one of the best young managers in this level of football and I predict good things for him,” Rob told us. “But I could see his frustrations with this (the finance gap) and I just hope it doesn’t deter him from building on his already good reputation.”

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