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Views from both camps as Dronfield edge Harworth

It says a lot about the recent progress that Manager Craig Spink and the lovely people at Harworth Colliery have made in recent weeks when they are genuinely disappointed about taking nothing from one of Toolstation NCEL Division one’s top six sides, Dronfield Town.

That was the case yesterday though, as Colliery stayed in the bottom two after a 2-1 defeat to Chris Millington’s side at the Jones and Co Recreational Ground.

They have four games left, however with Ollerton Town and Shirebrook Town both losing away from home, a thrilling end to the season is in prospect, with Ollerton due at Harworth next Saturday, writes Colin Muncie.

The locals in Bircotes are getting right behind the local team’s battle for survival, and 155 watched on as Danny Wood put the visitors ahead after seventeen minutes. Just after the hour, Matty Ord doubled Dronfield’s advantage. Matthew Robinson got Harworth back in the contest after 73 minutes, but the home side couldn’t find an equaliser, leaving Manager Spink disconsolate.

“It’s a huge disappointment for us as we thought we had our chances to get something from the game today,” Craig admitted.

“We weren’t at the races in the first-half and a mistake saw them take the lead. I thought we came out in the second-half and had large parts of possession but, in the same story as last week, we just couldn’t quite get something from the game.”

Next up for Harworth is a tough game at title-chasing Campion. “There are still four games to go and the lads – although disappointed – are very positive we can turn it around with another busy week coming in,” Craig insisted.

An outstanding top six finish is now very much in Dronfield’s hands, and with three games from a tough four game run in at The HE Barnes Stadium, they are in with a deserved chance. “I was really pleased with the performance and result yesterday,” Manager Chris Millington told TBG.

“We’re a little ‘walking wounded’ at the moment, and had a few players missing through injury. Billy Wright and Ordy (Matty Ord) also played through knocks which epitomises the lads’ attitude and togetherness at the minute.”

Chris wasn’t surprised by how tough a game it turned out to be. “I thought that we deserved the lead in the first-half and we knew that Harworth would come out flying in the second-half, and they did,” he acknowledged.

“We defended well and kept our shape which was really positive. That makes it 4 wins on the bounce now as we move into a tough game against EYC on Tuesday night.”

Chris feels that Harworth can climb out of the drop zone. “I said the last time we played Harworth that I think their League position doesn’t reflect the squad they have at the minute,” he told us. “I think they will have enough to stay up.”

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