Darren Hepworth is backing AFC Emley to deliver victory at Teversal tomorrow – and put a spring in his step ahead of Sunday’s Great North Run.
The 43-year-old manager is running the half marathon on the banks of the Tyne for the second year in succession.
He’s seen his Toolstation Northern Counties East League First Division side lose three times in a row, against Ossett Town in the FA Cup and Hemsworth and Selby in the league.
But Hepworth firmly believes his 10th-placed team can get the better of their Mansfield-based hosts, even if they are unable to field the new striker he hopes to land today.
Ex-Stocksbridge Park Steels man Adam Todd, who started this season at current NCEL First Division leaders Shaw Lane, is the player being linked with the Welfare Ground.
Hepworth is remaining tight-lipped on the identity of his target, but hopes to push through the paperwork in time for him to face Teversal.
“I’m always looking to boost my squad, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have faith in the lads already here,” said the boss.
“We’ve created an awful lot of chances this season, but it’s far to say we’ve not been nearly clinical enough in the final third of the pitch.
“If we had, we’d have beaten both Hemsworth and Selby, and possibly even Ossett Town, because we dominated them for lengthy spells.
“The players are as frustrated as I am, and I have that feeling that when we click, we will give someone a real thumping. And we’ve got Steve Kenworthy coming back from injury, which is a real boost.”