Grimsby Borough bosses call for disciplined defending
DON'T get caught on the ball – that's the warning from Grimsby Borough joint bosses Nigel Fanthorpe and Steve Newby ahead of a tricky tie at Worsbrough Bridge Athletic.
The Wilderness Boys kick-off their New Year schedule in the Baris Northern Counties East League Division One tomorrow with an away game the bosses expect to be played in tricky conditions.
"It's never easy at Worsbrough," said Fanthorpe, pictured.
"It's a sloping pitch, and very heavy and sticky underfoot. With a bit of rain, it could even be postponed – which we don't want. But the forecast looks okay, so we've got to be ready.
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"This was always likely to be our toughest game in January.
"It would be nice to get something from it, at least a point, to give us something to build on."
Worsbrough are eighth in the league table, four places above Borough.
But they lost 3-0 at home to Louth Town last month, and failed to win any of their three games in December.
They held league leaders Athersley Recreation to a 1-1 draw on home soil in their last game, however, and Fanthorpe is expecting a tough match.
"Worsbrough are a bit of a route one team," he said. "They ping the ball into the corners and put you under pressure.
"We'll have to change our game a bit and be a bit more direct.
"We have to make sure we don't get caught with it at the back.
"Steve and I will be reinforcing the message: 'Let's clear our lines and not get caught on the ball'.
"We have to release it quickly and get it up to our frontmen.
"That's how they score – they pressure you and wait for you to make a mistake.
"And it's been silly mistakes that have been costing us. Teams haven't been opening us up as such. Our shape has been good, particularly in midfield. It's just big mistakes that we need to cut out."
Borough are looking to bounce back from their 5-2 defeat to derby rivals Cleethorpes Town at the Bradley Community Stadium.
Fanthorpe said the score was harsh on his team and pointed to a crucial moment in the match.
"We fought back from two goals down and then, at 2-2, we missed a sitter," he said.
"The lad was a yard out but somehow missed the ball – he couldn't believe it. Then they went straight up the other end and Jack Debnam hit a 'worldy' from about 30 yards out to go 3-2 up."