Cleethorpes Town gunning for winning weekend
MANAGER Andy Liddle is hoping to put frustration aside as Cleethorpes Town prepare for an important Northern Counties East League double header.
Liddle's men entertain Worsbrough Bridge Athletic tomorrow (3pm) before another home Division One clash – against Selby Town – on Wednesday night.
With Grimsby Town in FA Trophy action on Sunday, Cleethorpes Town are hoping football fans will use the opportunity of a spare Saturday afternoon to go along to Bradley and cheer their lads on tomorrow – provided the match beats the weather.
Many of the club's players, staff and supporters will then be heading to Wembley the next day to cheer on the Mariners.
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Without a game since March 6, when they drew 1-1 against Albion Sports at Bradley Community Stadium, Clee must overcome a hectic schedule if they are to challenge for promotion to the Premier Division this season.
But Liddle, who admits the fixture pile-up is beyond his control, thinks Cleethorpes' heavy run of matches provides an opportunity for his side to prove their worth.
He told the Telegraph: "It's been a frustrating time for us, probably my most frustrating time as a manager if I'm being totally honest.
"The worst part for us is that other teams seem to be getting their games in, which has seen us fall away from the top a little bit.
"With all these games coming up it's important that we stay fresh. Our fitness is often praised by the other teams in the league, so we now have to prove them right and show that strength.
"We are now under pressure slightly because we need to get the wins on the board, we have to close that gap between us and the top sides.
"But looking at the positives we have a full squad. We can go into this run of games with lots of zest and energy – the lads are really determined to get back out there and play."
Clee have re-signed midfielder Liam Dickens.
Liddle added: "We are quite flexible in terms of the way we play, and that comes from us being such a free scoring team, particularly at home.
"Liam has come back to us from Brigg – it's not quite worked out for him there but we are happy to have him back and he gives us options.
"He is only 19, but has that class in the middle. Liam's best position is central midfield, but can also do a very good job at right back or on the right wing."