Williams still has Haughmond down as title underdogs
Haughmond boss Dan Williams has played down his side’s title chances, insisting Tividale are still favourites for West Midlands League glory, writes Nick Elwell.
Tividale’s shock 5-1 reverse at Wellington last weekend opened the door for Williams’ men, who are now seven points behind their rivals with three games in hand.
But Williams still believes his side are the outsiders due to having the more difficult run-in that includes clashes with Malvern, Hereford Lads and Wellington, the latter two away from home.
“I did think that was possibly the one game where they might drop points because Wellington is a tough place to go,” said Williams.
“But I was surprised by the score because Tividale don’t concede many.
“Tividale have five games left and I am 90 per cent certain they will win them all.
“That would mean us having to win all of our remaining games and we have some tough ones left.
“I think it’s unrealistic to say we are going to win the title. Tividale are still definitely favourites.”
A Malvern side boasting a stunning away record are the visitors to Haughmond tomorrow.
The Worcestershire outfit are unbeaten on the road in the league with 11 wins from 13 games and have conceded just six goals.
“We have Malvern tomorrow so there is no point looking too far ahead when you have a tough game like that around the corner,” added Williams, whose side face an away clash at Bilston Town on Wednesday night.
“We will just do what we have done all season and go game by game.
“Malvern have the best away record in the league. It’s as tough as they come.”
But Williams’ selection hand will be boosted for the game thanks to two new arrivals and the possible welcome return of top scorer Steve Hole.
Williams has swooped to sign teenage centre-half Brett Taylor from Bridgnorth and former Wem Town man Mikey Owen.
“We only have a small squad and we will playing Saturday and midweek for the rest of the season, so injuries could be an issue,” said the Mond boss.
“These are two good signings for us.
“Mickey was at Wem at the start of season but hadn’t been able to play due to work commitments. He can play anywhere across the back.
“Brett Taylor is only 18 and he is a talented young player.
“And Steve is confident he will be fit after missing the last four games with a hamstring injury.”
Wem Town’s battle for safety takes them to Black Country Rangers tomorrow.
Wem dropped into the bottom two last week after going down 4-0 to Pershore.
Shifnal face a tough task as they head to face a Tividale side still hurting from last Saturday’s setback.
AFC Bridgnorth entertain a Wednesfield outfit who are gunning for a possible top-three finish.