View From The Dugout
We won the title in Lincolnshire last Saturday in style with a fantastic second-half performance at Grantham.
A late Josh Hancock goal on Thursday night at Shaw Lane has put us within touching distance of the title and we can win it with three points today in Lincolnshire against Grantham Town, who look likely to make the play-offs and who won 5-1 at Whitby as we were winning in Barnsley.
There are only 15 days left of the season and we have six games to play… like most teams in our division, it’s a tough schedule, particularly this week. From today we have four games in eight days, three of which are away from home.
Our last two scheduled games, at home to Marine on Easter Monday and away to Shaw Lane on Thursday, were postponed due to waterlogged pitches, which means that there are now 22 days left in the season and we have eight games to play, which is a tough schedule by any standards.
Despite the poor recent run of results, which has seen us take just a single point from three home games, we are feeling very positive about today’s trip to Halesowen Town.
Tuesday night’s 3-2 defeat at home to Workington was difficult to stomach.
We have got 18 Evo-Stik Premier games to play and five of those are scheduled in the next 15 days, so it’s a very important phase of the season.
It felt like a waste of time, for everyone involved, after travelling almost a hundred miles to Stourbridge last Saturday, only for the match to be called off just before two o’clock.
We are on the road for the fourth consecutive game today as we travel down to Worcestershire to take on…
View from the Dugout: Let’s keep our excellent away form going – and settle a score while we’re at it
We made a lot of changes for Tuesday night’s Cheshire Senior Cup game against 1874 Northwich, who play at Winsford United’s ground, and the lads gave me exactly what I asked for.
I was disappointed to go out of the Integro League Cup on Tuesday night at the second round stage. Leading 3-2 with just a minute of added time to play, we conceded a goal that certainly looked well offside and then lost 5-4 on penalties.
We are in Buildbase FA Trophy action today, travelling to Derbyshire to take on Alfreton Town in the final qualifying round of this competition.
We have made progress in two cup competitions this week.
Today we take a break from the league as we take on Ramsbottom United in the Buildbase FA Trophy at the second round qualifying stage.
Like most people, I was disappointed to learn yesterday that our top of the table game at Shaw Lane on Monday had been postponed, as the BBC may be using Shaw Lane as the venue for their Emirates FA Cup 2nd Round Draw programme.
I was very pleased that we were able to keep our excellent run going this week with a 3-0 home victory over Halesowen Town in the Evo-Stik Premier Division and progressing in the Integro League Cup on penalties after the game had finished in a 3-3 draw.
Four points from two contrasting games this week continues the excellent run that we have been on.
Tuesday night’s 3-0 win at Hednesford confirmed that we are developing as a team. The clean sheet was the most pleasing thing for me in what was an all-round superb team performance.
This week’s column comes from assistant manager Neil Sorvel… Last Saturday’s Emirates F.A. Cup exit at Shildon was a bitter…
It’s back to Evo-Stik Premier Division action today as we travel to Leicestershire to take on Barwell, which is the first of three long trips that we have to undertake in eight days.