DMS boss urges players to start stepping on the gas
DMS secretary Paul Knox watched his side clinch a 5-3 victory over SW Steelers in Division One – but he knows his side have to up their game if they are to go on and lift the Grimsby, Cleethorpes and District Sunday League title.
DMS have had a bright start to the top-flight campaign, with two wins and a draw from their opening three games. But Knox is demanding more from his men ahead of this weekend's action.
He said: "It was not one of our better performances. We only had the bare eleven and were often found wanting early in the game.
"This weekend we meet Birds Eye Pelham at Blossom Way. We noticed they drew 0-0 with Cromwell last weekend, which was good news for us.
"If we want to win the league we have to beat the champions as well as those new to the division. We'll have a decent side out – everybody should be available.
"The players must have commitment if we are to win the league. We cannot take it for granted that we'll beat anybody."
After sharing eight goals on the opening day of the season in an exciting 4-4 draw, DMS and SW Steelers were once again involved in an eight-goal thriller, but on this occasion DMS emerged as 5-3 winners.
Steelers got off to the perfect start when Gaz Deakins scored from long range.
The equaliser came when a ball from Jonathan Oglesby into the box evaded everyone and ended up in the net. Steelers regained the lead on the stroke of half-time when George Eyole found Deakins, who netted.
DMS turned the game on its head in the second half when Carl Price equalised.
They took the lead for the first time when Craig Mitchell scored. They made it 4-2 from the penalty spot before Nick Rook forced home from close range.
DMS sealed the win late on when Oglesby rounded keeper Jim Fenty and placed home.
Grimsby Warriors won 3-0 away to AFC Bradley with two goals from Liam Ladds and one from Nathan Usher. Manager Colin Rimington was pleased with the performance.
He said: "It was a good game for us in that we were 3-0 ahead by half-time. Game over, but we played possession football in the second half and did not let Bradley back in.
"This weekend we take on Steelers. We know what to expect as we've come up through the divisions with them. All the games have been close so far and we are expecting a tough battle.
"We'll have some squad players in, because several of our regulars are unavailable. This is a learning curve for us, but we are on the way up. We see this as a team game with no superstars. All are expected to do well."
The Imperial Red Star, who were relegated from Division One last season, drew 4-4 with AFC Wybers in Division Two.
Red Star secretary Dave Duff said: "We were in total control in the first half, but Wybers came out in the second half with all guns blazing. We were 3-1 up at half-time but Wybers scored their goals before we got back into the game to make it 4-4.
"This weekend we entertain Immingham Town. We beat them 4-3 after a battle in the first game of the season. We are expecting a good open game and hope to have everybody available. Chris Harmer was injured last weekend but we hope to have him fit. Joe Burns should be ready too.
"Lee Chisnall is an all action, old fashioned, centre forward who is not afraid to drop back and help. With these three fit and ready we'll be a match for anybody in the division."