Hallam will pose a difficult test for Cleethorpes Town
MANAGER Andy Liddle has challenged his Cleethorpes Town side to make the most of their opportunities ahead of the NCEL run-in.
Currently fifth in Division One, Town head to mid-table Hallam tomorrow (3pm kick) knowing that victory could propel their chances of promotion.
Beaten just once in nine league matches, Clee remain five points behind second-placed Shirebrook Town – but do have the cushion of two games in hand.
However, boss Liddle (pictured) insists his team must be at their best to overcome Hallam, despite a 6-2 victory in the corresponding fixture last October.
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He said: "Hallam are one of the in-form teams at the minute, especially at home. They are a footballing side and tend to be really hard to beat at home – even the top teams have struggled.
"We are going there knowing that we will have to dig deep. Hallam are a very tough nut to crack and we will have to try and win ugly.
"We've had so many opportunities over the last two or three months. As a promotion-chasing side you have to take them, but unfortunately we haven't.
"Other teams have stuck their necks out from day one. We have to start doing that from now on. I'm sure that we can do that. I'm looking forward to it and so are the lads."
Eager to get back into action – even after consecutive home draws – Cleethorpes will be closely watching the weather forecast after snow swept across the region once again this week.
Indeed, Hallam were forced to postpone their last home match on Tuesday.
But, with a full squad available – boosted by the return of ex-Bradford youth, Alex Flett, from Brigg Town – Liddle is able to draw upon the positives of Town's interrupted schedule.
He added: "It would have been nice to play these games and put pressure on the others at the top, but on the other hand we have no injuries to worry about."