Hemmings keen to improve ‘patchy’ Kimberley form

Scott Carlile (left) scored twice to earn Kimberley a League Cup win at Greenwood Meadows on Wednesday night. Report on page 39.
Scott Carlile (left) scored twice to earn Kimberley a League Cup win at Greenwood Meadows on Wednesday night. Report on page 39.

Kimberley Miners Welfare boss Tony Hemmings says he is seeking more consistency from his squad as they aim to climb the East Midlands Counties League table.

The Miners are 11th after 20 games having gone through many changes this season, including Hemmings replacing Paul Rawden as manager and a high turnover of players.

But as Hemmings slowly begins to build a more settled squad, he believes consistent results will follow.

He said: “Things are gradually improving on all counts, even if we’re perhaps not getting as many good results as we did when I first came.

“I think that’s because when I first arrived everyone was playing for their places but once some of them thought they were safe in the team or that they wouldn’t be replaced, a few performances dropped and results suffered as a result.

“It’s human nature to think like that but what I’ve had to do is keep bringing players in who I think will be the right fit and I will continue to do that until I have a squad I’m happy with on all levels. New players have to gel together and that can also take time.

“I want to have that settled squad in place by around mid-February as I believe that from then on it is the most important time to be putting results together in the final push for positions.”

The nature of amateur football has seen Hemmings left frustrated by late player withdrawals on matchdays due to work commitments or other reasons, but he has still been largely encouraged by the current crop.

He said: “I’ve been really pleased because I’ve got a good group who listen and take on board what they’re being told and who then go out and perform on matchday.

“At this level you only get the players for a few hours each week and it can be hard sometimes to keep their attention or get them to take on board what’s being said, but this group have been really good and I’ll continue to bring players in who I think will maintain that.

“When you’re doing well you can’t just turn up and expect it to remain that way. You have to go over and beyond what’s expected. Preparation and attitude is everything, even at this kind of level where the players are purely in it for the love of the game.”

Kimberley head to second from bottom Holwell Sports on Saturday looking to make it three games unbeaten following a 1-1 draw at Ellistown &Ibstock on Saturday and then a 2-0 League Cup win at Greenwood Meadows.

And despite Holwell’s lowly position, Hemmings is taking nothing for granted.

He said: “On our day we can beat anyone, as shown by when we beat South Normanton and also should really have beaten St Andrews, both of whom are flying high, but it’s an unpredictable league so we’ll have to be at our best on Saturday.

“The aim in this ongoing program at Kimberley is to finish as high as we can and ideally in the top eight to get FA Cup qualification, which will be great progress.”