Firstly let me take this opportunity to welcome today’s visitors Borrowash Victoria AFC to Green Lane, in a game which holds massive significance in what you could call an early season six pointer. This mainly due to our inconsistent form of our last eight games. As mentioned in previous weeks I am increasingly frustrated with our league position considering the ability we have in the squad. Yes we have been unfortunate with constant availability issues, injuries, family commitments etc etc but I have no excuse for our position in the league at this time.
The same could be said for today’s opponents Borrowash, who have always been a club well respected and well established at this level of the pyramid. I am sure Borrowash will come into this game low in confidence but also buoyant and confident that Green Lane isn’t the fortress it once was and teams have been known to come here in recent years and maximise our lack of defensive stability and inability to kill opposition teams off by not taking chances when they arise. This season alone has proven no different and it really is an area in which we must improve. Make no mistake today represents a massive game for both clubs seeking a much needed 3 points!
It is a real good challenge playing in the EMCL and I genuinely feel this year will be the toughest since the league formed in 2008.
You only have to look at the teams around us and the budgets that are being banded around to see this. Great clubs such as Heanor Town, Rainworth Miners Welfare, Arnold Town, Clipstone all being superseded by the likes of newcomers Sherwood Colliery and Newark Flowserve who have both made astonishing starts to life in the EMCL and other clubs like Ingles who have also taken to step 6 football very well. When you add clubs of the likes of Gedling Miners Welfare and Radford it makes this league both fascinating and extremely competitive.
The league has also become very attractive to players not wanting to make the horrible midweek trips to areas such as Grimsby and Tamworth and add to the fact there is also a few quid being spent it is quite common to now see players dropping down a league or two. This can only be a good thing for the standard and equally explain why it is so difficult to stay at the top.
On another note we have added to the squad both on and off the field this week with the addition of much sought after forward Aaron Large. Aaron comes with great pedigree and will come straight into today’s squad. Arguably more importantly his father Ian has joined the backroom staff from West Bridgford and will be a great addition to the management team at Clifton and I can’t wait to start working alongside them both. Welcome to the club fellas…
Finally a quick hello to today’s 4yr old mascot Albert Hipkiss. Albert loves his football and is excited to walk the team out today….
Enjoy the game, have a pint and hopefully see you after….
Updated 09:08 - 13 Dec 2018 by Ray Smithson