A lack of consistency throughout the season has cost Glasshoughton Welfare dearly and it looks like they may have to settle for a top ten finish after going into the season on a high, following last season’s 6th placed finish writes Ian Robinson.
Today sees The Blues travel to Nottinghamshire to face an equally inconsistent Shirebrook Town side, and Glassy Joint Manager Darren Holmes is keen for his side to push on and see just how high up the table they can finish. “We are very keen the season doesn’t just fizzle out and that we finish as high as we can.We genuinely feel we should have been pushing for a top six finish again, but poor results against the bottom-half teams have really killed our season. We have to put that right; as if you look at the points dropped there, it could have been another very good season for us.”
“Shirebrook are another team fighting to stay away from the chasing pack at the bottom and again will be fighting for every point. We want those points just as badly and will expect to see that in the performance. A win on Saturday would still give us a chance of chasing 7th or 8th place.”
Meanwhile, Darren’s compatriot Lee Vigars agreed that there are no easy games in the League. “Even when top plays bottom you still have to earn the right to play and to get the right result. At this stage of the season, the teams in the mix at the top end or the teams battling for every point to avoid being dragged into a relegation battle are even more difficult.”
“Although Shirebrook sit 15th, there’s only a handful of points between the bottom seven and putting a couple of wins on the board, back to back, can steer you clear of that trouble. That’s why we’ll travel to their place on Saturday knowing they’ll have full belief they can win the game and pull themselves towards mid-table safety. It’s always a hard game down there and we expect exactly the same this time. They do have a number of very good players who we need to pay attention to, but what will be drilled into our lads is to go out there and show the same effort and work rate we have over the last two games.”
“Although a bit scrappy at times on Tuesday, our boys worked their socks off and eventually got the rewards, something I’m hoping for again this Saturday. We did pick up a couple of knocks, plus we have made a couple of new signings this week, so we might take the opportunity to change things around a little bit.”