Kimberley boss Deakin backs players to challenge for EMCL title

Ian Deakin
Ian Deakin

Kimberley MW boss Ian Deakin remains confident his players can keep the pressure on at the top of the East Midlands Counties League as the season enters its final stages.

The Miners sit fourth in the table, 11 points behind leaders West Bridgford but with two games in hand, and look set to secure the club’s highest ever finish in the non-league pyramid.

And while Deakin emphasises there is little pressure on his squad to win the title, he is hopeful they will give it a good shot.

He said: “We’ve had a bit of a wobble in recent weeks and have lost a couple of our best players to higher levels but that happens in football. We’ve replaced those players and have started picking up results again so I’m not too concerned.

“We perhaps still need to add a bit more strength in depth to help us through the rigours of the final stages but we’ve got good options available to us in the reserve side too - emphasised by players like Alex Shipley who I named in the first team on Saturday and who scored after 26 seconds.”

Kimberley still have to play several of the teams around them, including the leaders, with Deakin highlighting the importance of team spirit when it comes to being successful.

He said: “I’ve experienced so much at different clubs and the spirit and belief here is excellent. We’re taking it in chunks of games at a time and hopefully can pick off some of those around us as we go.

“There’s no pressure, we take it as it comes and gather as many points as we can. It’s already been a fantastic season and one to build on and the players have been superb.”

Kimberley host seventh-placed Blaby & Whetstone at the Stag Ground on Saturday, kick-off 3pm