MANAGER Ian Banks sends in-form AFC Emley into their home clash with lowly Rossington Main tomorrow warning: “We can take nothing for granted.”
Emley go into the 3.00 kick-off placed second in the Northern Counties East League Division I table and bidding to extend their unbeaten run to 10 matches.
Rossington, meanwhile, are 12th and were beaten not only by Emley earlier in the season but 9-0 by leaders Leeds Carnegie, the team Banks’ men drew 2-2 with only this week.
Banks, however, says Emley will take Rossington lightly at their peril.
“I honestly can’t believe Rossington are in the position they are,” said Banks. “Take it from me, they are a good footballing side and have some very good individuals.
“We will not be taking league positions for granted and I promise that we will be up for the challenge.”
Banks’ side are just a point behind the leaders and he’s calling for another solid performance to enhance the push for promotion.
“I thought it was a terrific game at Leeds and a credit to both teams and the league,” he said.
“You could go and see teams in higher leagues and not witness the sort of football that was played.
“At the end of the game I could see the pain in the players’ faces. They gave Emley their all.”
Banks also paid tribute to the club’s loyal fans who made the trip to Leeds.
“When we scored our second against Leeds they nearly took the roof off the stand,” he beamed.
“We need them to keep getting behind the boys and urge us on, especially on the occasions when things aren’t going to plan.”
Central defender Craig Marsh misses tomorrow’s game through suspension. Lee Hill and Wayne Shooter both suffered injuries against Leeds but are named in Banks’ squad.
Mark Townsend and Simon Wright are both back in the squad after missing out on Monday, while striker Craig Wilkinson is also back in contention.
Squad – Clarke, Joice, S Wright, Leech, Hazelden, J Wright, Shooter, Ingham, Townsend, Wilkinson, Kenworthy, Stuart, Hill, Garside, Amos.
Emley’s second string are at Campion tomorrow (2.30) as they look to keep their own promotion challenge on track. Campion are fifth and Emley second, two points behind leaders Bay Reserves.