After just one win in their last seven outings, Harworth Colliery find themselves rooted to the foot of the First Division table, with FC Bolsover taking advantage of Harworth’s postponement last weekend to leapfrog them, writes Ian Robinson.
Tomorrow sees Harworth welcome 10th placed Glasshougton Welfare to Scrooby Road with the home side looking to complete the double following a 1-0 away win back in November, but Manager Craig Spink is expecting a difficult afternoon.
“Glasshoughton will be tough as they’re striving for a top half finish, but we’re in a fight and we need to start by winning our home games and we’re going all out to make that happen this week.
“Last week, after being in Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, we were disappointed to not play at the weekend but a few games fell to the weather, and if it doesn’t change, probably a few more will be called off this week.
“On the positive side, it gives us another week to work with the lads and bring a couple more new faces through the door. The lads have been first class and the Under 21’s, reserves and first team have all been working hard. We’re all after one thing and that’s three points on Saturday.”
Facing Craig across the Technical Area will be the Glassy Management duo Darren Holmes and Lee Viggars, and they were both in a talkative mood when TBG caught up with them earlier, starting with Darren.
“Our record against the teams in the bottom half hasn’t been good this season and has cost us vital points and league position.We’re determined to put that right this Saturday starting with a solid performance and hopefully finish the chances we create. It will be a tough game as they are fighting to stay in the league.
I’m sure the weather will be a factor as the forecast isn’t good, but if we work as hard as we have the last few games, it will give us the platform to push forward and the chances will follow.The strikers did really well last week and we’ll be looking for more of the same. I’m also sure as a team we will be looking to defend better than last week and a clean sheet will also be very welcome.”
Meanwhile Lee, whilst looking to avenge the earlier result against Harworth, also noted that his side could well have a say in the promotion race, albeit indirectly.
“We’re all determined to have a really good finish to the season starting with Harworth. We were very poor against them at our place and ended up losing that game 1-0 so we’ll hopefully put that right come 5pm on Saturday afternoon. They’re fighting for survival so we know it will be extremely hard to come away with the points, but we’re on a nice run at the moment with some great results against some of the big sides so confidence and morale is high within the group.
“One thing that concerned me with the play offs being removed this season was that teams in and around mid table who were safe from relegation but too far from challenging the top two, would just go through the motions for the last couple of months or so, but so far nobody we’ve come up against have shown any signs of letting up and gladly our boys are the same.
“Apart from the result, there’s pride to play for every week and with absolutely no pressure on us now, we can just go out and have a real go in every game between now and the end of April. We still have to face a couple of the sides who will fancy their chances of the promotion place so that will add some extra spice to those fixtures. No doubt there’s still plenty of twists and turns before it becomes clearer who’s likely to go up but we’ll definitely have a big say in it !”