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Pickering Town urged to battle for spoils
10:38am Friday 25th October 2013 in Sport
JIMMY REID insists he has never doubted the character in his Pickering Town team. Now he wants them to show they can win a “battle” when they visit Heanor Town tomorrow.
The Pikes scored twice in the last four minutes to overturn a 1-0 deficit against Glasshoughton Welfare on Tuesday night and keep their Northern Counties East League premier division bandwagon rolling.
It is now four wins in a row for Reid’s men, thanks to strikes from Josh Greening and Tom Adams, which countered Greig McGrory’s goal for Welfare eight minutes into the second half.
The victory lifted Pickering to fifth in the table and onto the coat-tails of the promotion race.
That has delighted Reid, following a stuttering start to the campaign, and he told his players to expect a physical battle against a Heanor outfit with a stellar record in front of their own fans.
Only Tadcaster Albion have come away with three points this season.
Reid said: “They are a big strong, physical team and have two or three ex-Evo-Stik League players.
“But they have a lovely pitch – it’s like a bowling green – and that might actually suit us better.
“We can beat anyone in this league and we will battle with them. We have to get out of the traps and have a go.”
On the midweek win, he added: “The players showed us their character and also against Athersley when they won after being held at 2-2.
“We have never doubted the character but sometimes it needs to come out. The result was a fair reflection of the game and the lads were buzzing afterwards.”
Midfielder Chris Batchelor is unavailable against Heanor and Arran Reid is still struggling with a broken toe, which means former Doncaster Rovers youth goalkeeper Callum Myers will continue between the posts.
“He did well,” said Reid of Myers’ midweek debut. “He was very professional for a young man and dealt with everything. I couldn’t fault him.
“He is a young boy who has just come out of the professional game. A couple of doors could still open for him and he looks like he has enough about him to get another chance.
“He did enough to play on Saturday whatever had happened with Arran.”
Selby Town boss Ian Dring wants his side to continue their own winning run when they go to Bottesford Town in NCEL division one.
Daniel Gray, Nathan Kamara and Jason Price’s first goal for the Robins ensured a 3-1 win over Dronfield Town on Wednesday night – a result which lifted Selby to eighth in the standings.
Dring is under no illusions that Bottesford, third in the table, will be a stiff test of his side’s new-found form, but he said: “We have got options – a full-depth squad of 18 players – and they are all good players.
“We are not having to swap positions all the time like we did when we had a lot of injuries and were in a mess.
“We have got the best side we have had. Bottesford are doing really well but three points would be very helpful.”
Harrogate Town, who ended a six-game run without a win when hammering Workington 3-0 at Wetherby Road in midweek, are without a match this weekend, while Harrogate Railway entertain Ramsbottom United in Evo-Stik first division north.
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