It’s a huge night in the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division tomorrow evening when pacesetters Worksop Town, and their tremendous army of fans, make for Fitzwilliam and a vital clash at Hemsworth Miners Welfare, who are fourth, nine points behind but with a game in hand.
“The business end of the season,” may be a well-worn cliché, but it’s tough to find a better description as Craig Denton’s Tigers move into their last eight games.
Tomorrow evening, though, they’ll arrive at the Distant Futures Stadium to find home Manager Wayne Benn fully rested and ready for a crucial encounter with a club for which he has huge admiration, writes Colin Muncie.
The Bootiful Game will be at tomorrow night’s collision, and Wayne admitted that it’s certain to be a difficult match-up. “We’ve got a real tough job on our hands tomorrow when we entertain Worksop, but it’s a game that the players and staff are very much looking forward to,” Wayne told TBG. “Firstly, you have to take your hat off to their management team and players for the run they are on. To win 11 straight games, (10 in the League) takes some doing in a league as tough as this – so you have to admire that. I’ve said it before that this League benefits from a strong Worksop Town team and it’s the first time – for a long time – that they are in with a real chance of promotion. Their fans are backing them and turning out in huge numbers and hopefully they will travel in big numbers to Fitzwilliam tomorrow night as it will make for a great atmosphere.”
Typically, Wayne has been working hard on a game plan for the visit of the League Leaders. “All that said, our only thought tomorrow is to win what is a huge game for both teams,” Wayne insisted. “Firstly, to try to slow down Worksop’s momentum and to take points from a promotion rival; and to also enhance our own chances of promotion as we feel we are very much in the race, especially if we can win tomorrow night.”
Wayne is keen for the locals to show up and get behind his players. “We really need the people of Fitzwilliam and the surrounding areas to turn out and support us tomorrow,” he urged. “Our last home game – in a Quarter Final of the NCEL League Cup – was poorly attended which is disappointing at this stage of the season and in the position, we are in. If they do turn out I’m sure they will see a great game of football between two teams going hammer and tongs to win the game.”
“We don’t fear anyone in this League,” Wayne warned. “We are on a good run of 7 straight wins ourselves and Worksop know what we are capable of after the reverse fixture. (Wells won 3-2 at Sandy Lane in November). The score line didn’t reflect our dominance that day and I’m hoping for something similar in this game.”