Blaby exit blows EMCL title race wide open once again

Kimberley boss Andy Alls (right) and coach Neil Boyd.
Kimberley boss Andy Alls (right) and coach Neil Boyd.

Kimberley Miners Welfare boss Andy Alls believes his side are back in with a solid shout of winning the EMCL title - largely thanks to another team’s demise.

Blaby & Whetstone withdrew from the league this week meaning their playing record was expunged.

That pushed Kimberley up from fifth to third given they only lost one point compared to many of their rivals who had played Blaby twice and picked up varying numbers of points against them.

Welfare are now six points behind new leaders Anstey Nomads who have two games in hand, but Alls knows there will be slip ups from those above them.

He said: “We played Blaby early in the season when they were throwing big money at trying to go up and only a 98th-minute equaliser stopped us beating them.

“They’ve now paid the price for not being able to sustain things and it’s improved our league position.

“Anstey are obviously favourites but even though they have games in hand, they will lose games before the end of the campaign and it’s up to us to be ready to capitalise on that.”

The Miners were comfortable 5-0 winners over Borrowash Victoria on Saturday thanks to a brace each for Greg Newbold and Greg Tobin and another goal for the manager’s son Jordan Alls.

They are now preparing for three games over the next week with home games against Stapenhill on Saturday and Radford on Bank Holiday Monday, followed by a trip to Arnold Town next Wednesday.

But Alls is confident his squad can cope with the number of games remaining, albeit with one or two additions likely to follow.

He said: “We’ve got a couple who will be missing for two weeks due to holidays and we also lost goalkeeper Joss Hourd-Lee for the season with a broken heel last week.

“Thankfully I was able to bring in Alex Smith from Clifton. He plays for the England deaf team and I’m really glad to have got him as we’ve not had much luck with goalkeepers recently.

“I’ve put seven days in for a couple of players so we’ll see what happens. I’ve got a squad of 23 at the moment but ideally want 26 given the amount of games we have to play.”