You never know, but the late-season head-to-head contest between Grimsby Borough, top of Toolstation NCEL Division One, and Dronfield Town, in an over-achieving eighth may go a long towards deciding the outcome of the destination of Toolstation NCEL Division One’s title race. Oddly enough, both games are scheduled for the thirteenth of the month, and this Wednesday – the thirteenth of March – sees the Wilderness Boys host the men from North East Derbyshire, with the reverse fixture scheduled for Saturday, 13th April at the HE Barnes Stadium. Both Managers have had a good look at the opposition ahead of the midweek clash, and so Borough’s Daniel Barrett and Town’s Chris Millington won’t be underestimating the quality of their respective opponents, writes Colin Muncie.
Daniel told TBG, “I’m looking forward to playing after not having a game at the weekend. I watched Dronfield on Saturday and they are a very hard-working team and don’t give up. I love that in a team and I know our lads have a tough 90 minutes in front of them.”
Daniel is anxious to keep his side ahead of the chasing pack as the clock ticks down. “Every point is vital now,” he warned, “and you have to love a home game under the lights.”
It’s been a tough five game road trip for Dronfield Town in recent weeks but, for once, their Manager Chris Millington puts his sides display before three points – although, of course, he’d be happy to take both.
“Plain and simple it’s about the performance on Wednesday night for me,” Chris told TBG. “We go into each game wanting to win, but for our season, the performance Wednesday will outweigh any result, in all honesty. Grimsby are playing well at the minute and sit atop the table so we will need to be committed and play with some belief if we are to get anything from the game.”
“I would like to think that the players know my level of expectation,” Chris added, “and in the last two performances they have fallen way below that.”