Fearless Kimberley set sights on teams above

Kimberley MW manager Ian Deakin.
Kimberley MW manager Ian Deakin.

Kimberley Miners Welfare manager Ian Deakin says his side are looking up rather than over their shoulders in the East Midlands Counties League Premier.

Kimberley produced a spirited second half comeback to overcome Holbrook Sports 3-2 on Saturday and extend their unbeaten run to four.

Deakin’s side are also unbeaten at home so far this season and the manager emphasised the feeling among the ranks after 14 games.

He said: “We don’t fear anyone.

“League form at home has been brilliant. Away form we’ve had a few things which haven’t gone our way. Against Ashby a couple of weeks ago they scored in the 98th-minute to equalise.

“We’ve been a bit unlucky away from home but I’ve told them the home form is key. If you want to challenge for something at the end of the year you’ve got to win your home games.

“And pick points up on the road and they accumulate as well. At the start of the year we targetted to be in the top half at Christmas time. Then push on from there.”

He added: “We’ve got a few games in hand on teams above us. I think we’ve done well up to this point. There were games when we should have got three points instead of a draw but I’m probably being over-critical there.

“The lads have done brilliantly so far. Their attitude at matches and at training is brilliant. I can’t fault them. They’re looking up instead of looking down now because of their hard work.”

Alex Marshall put Kimberley one up before Sports hit back with two goals in the space of four minutes to give them a half-time lead.

But a few words at the break from the coaching staff put Kimberley on the right path and the players responded with the two goals they needed.

They came from Josh Stevenson and then six minutes from time Adam Hassall got what proved to be the winner and Deakin praises the attitude shown to fightback.

“First half we didn’t get going,” he said. “We scored an early goal but we are capable of playing a lot better than that. To be fair to Holbrook, they came back into the game.

“They put us under pressure and played to their strengths and ended up going in 2-1 up at half-time. We were disappointed but credit to the lads for turning it around.

“We got in at half-time and ironed out a few problems that we had and they got the job done. They actively recognised they were not good enough in the first half.

“They came out all guns blazing second half. They never know when they’re beaten. It’s a good attribute to have.”

Kimberley’s attention now turns to Borrowash Victoria on Saturday and a team that have lost just once in their last five outings.

Deakin added: “I watched them last night against Radford and they looked sharp. They’ve got a lot of pace in the side and they look well-drilled. We’ll go out there and play our own game.”