The NCEL fixture secretary has come in for some criticism this season with teams playing each other back-to-back, and as Maltby Main and Worksop Town line up to face each other for the second time in four days, this for once, is not the work of this mysterious man/woman.
The two sides locked horns in midweek in the NCEL League Cup where The Tigers edged it 2-1 in extra-time, in a tight affair. Worksop boss, Craig Denton, expects a difficult task once more. “I can’t see that there’s going to be that much difference. You know what you get from Maltby. On Wednesday evening I know that they made a few changes and so did we. It was a great game; a battling Muglet Lane performance from both teams. I thought we edged it and deserved the win.”
“We now need to concentrate on the game on Saturday because that’s a League game and we go back to the drawing board in making sure that we get those three points, get in those performances. We aim high in making sure the level of players is right up there, so hopefully we’ll come away with the three points but we know that it’s a tough place to go.”
“We’ve got individuals who we rested midweek. One or two will come back into the frame but I think one or two lads did well the other day and took their opportunity. So I’m looking forward to Saturday and putting in that performance and attempt to take those big three points. It’ll be a great game with both sides trying to get the three points and working hard.”
With plenty of top sides playing each other, and the rest in action against tough opposition, vitals points are at stake up and down the region. “Anybody in this league can beat each other on the day so what we’ll be trying to do is to maintain a good, consistent performance. I think whoever is the most consistent team will be right up there. But it’s going to be a tough one on Saturday again. A strong Maltby side, but hopefully we’ve just got that little bit more quality in the locker to see us over the line and we’ll all have a beer and a bite to eat after the game.”
“It’s coming to the nitty gritty part of the season. Players now really need to step up and see us over the line. In the next handful of games I think we’ll find where we’re probably going to finish at the end of the season. We want to be right up there. We want to win every game and we want to see ourselves in that top spot. That’s the aim.”
“I tried staying away from questions a month or so ago and we just concentrated on performances. You can’t not look at league tables and the games in hand and whoever wins this, whoever loses that… We’ve just got to concentrate on ourselves and put points on the table.”
Once again, a big thank you to Ellie Dalglish, out fantastic transcriber.