The last word on this weekend’s action goes to NCEL Premier Division League leaders Worksop Town and their Manager Craig Denton who saw his Tigers fend off a stern Staveley MW challenge, winning 2-1 to maintain their six point advantage at the summit.
Our intrepid reporter caught up with the slightly ageing nearly mid-30’s boss. Saturday saw your 1,000th win on the bounce [our Editor’s calculator’s on the blink again]! A 2-1 win again against Staveley. You must be delighted now that you’re six points clear with the same number of games left to play as Penistone Church.
“We’ve put ourselves in a great position. We know that we’ve still got some extremely tough games coming up. We’re playing teams at the other end of the table, which is still going to be massive. The likes of Harrogate Railway are scrapping for survival so that’s going to be tough.”
“I’ve kept mentioning before about teams coming to play Worksop Town; they raise their game. That’s something that I’ve seen in Staveley. I think they’re in a bit of a false position, to be honest. I think they should be further up the table. A great footballing side but we were obviously delighted to take the three points.”
“It might not have been the perfect footballing display but my job is to get three points. I’d love to be able to bring attractive football to Worksop Town but we’ve just got to get the foundations built first, then we can see where we go from there.”
Going forward, your next four games are all against sides who are well down near the relegation zone. As you say, it’s a completely different ask and probably just as difficult.
“Certainly! If not more difficult. Coming up against sides such as Bottesford and Staveley – in and around that 6, 7, 8 place – is totally different than coming up against a relegation battling side who want to stay in the League. I’m feeling really confident going into the games because I think one of our strongest points this season is our attitude and our professionalism. When it comes to playing in front of sixteen hundred people, coming up to the business end part of the season, I think our players have stood up.”
“They’ve been accountable so, for me, I don’t think I’m particularly worried about our attitude and mentality but I just think we need to be a little bit more ruthless. I really bang on about not conceding. In recent weeks we might have won the game, but there’s just crept in a goal – here and there – so I really want to focus on keeping a clean sheet and putting in a professional display where we win the game, but we certainly know it’s going to be difficult.”