It’ll be a game with implications at both ends of Toolstation NCEL Division One when two of the tables’ most respected and hospitable clubs meet at the HE Barnes Stadium on Saturday. Dronfield Town are seventh, but have games in hand on those above them as they chase a coveted FA Cup place for next season; and for nineteenth-placed Harworth Colliery, the stakes are possibly even higher, as they look to close that five–point gap to safety, especially with bottom club FC Bolsover travelling to the team in possession of that precious eighteenth place, Armthorpe Welfare. The stakes are high, as both Managers know only too well, writes Colin Muncie.
Dronfield Manager Chris Millington could be forgiven for thinking that club minibus driver – and club secretary – Mike Payne might need his Satnav to find their home ground this weekend. “It will be great to get back to Stonelow Road this weekend for our first game at home since mid- February,” Chris reminded us, “Harworth have had two really big wins and are putting up a really big fight to stay in the League, so we know we will need to play with intensity and quality if we are to get anything out of the game.”
Chris is looking forward to the run in, but has a busy few days ahead. “It’s the first of 3 games in 8 days for us, and the squad is in relatively good shape; so that will enable us to manage the players through this period to ensure that we are as competitive as we can be in each game.”
It’s widely acknowledged that Manager Craig Spink and Assistant Adam Valente are doing a terrific job since arriving on Scrooby Road, and Craig senses that his players have enough about them to get the job done. “Back to back wins have given the group a real belief in being able to stay in the Division,” he acknowledged.
“Saturday will be our toughest test to date,” he warned. “A top half side in Dronfield who themselves are trying to collect as many points as possible. We’ll approach the game the same as we have in the last couple of weeks with the right attitude – and hopefully we can continue our recent good form.”