25 Mar 2022 in News
Town head to Charnock Richard as we near the end of the 2021/22 season
Just three games remain of the league season for Town. With Macclesfield already crowned Champions, there is a play off/runners up spot available for only three teams:
2nd - Skelmersdale United. 76 points from 39 games. They have just one game remaining on the final day of the season next Saturday.
3rd - Charnock Richard. 72 points from 37 games.
4th - Wythenshawe Town. 72 points from 37 games.
Technically speaking, both Charnock Richard and Town have it in their own hands to claim the runners up spot, and a play off to try and achieve promotion. It is this that makes tomorrow such a fantastic specticle for the neutral.
The distant memories of pre season seem a lifetime ago after what has been a demanding season for James Kinsey's men. A record breaking season to date, Town are unbeaten in the league since December 18th. But when we asked the manager if he was thinking about the potential of back to back promotions, Kinsey made it clear, promotion isn't on the mind in any way, shape or form.
"We are the new boys to this division. We've not even had one full season at this level. We have achieved our goal this season, a top six finish. Of course, we know what the rewards are if we win our final three games, but it really means nothing right now. We are going to play for three points on Saturday. That's it. I can't speak for Skem and Charnock on what their aspirations are, but we are happy with our season. We just want to enjoy these last few games. We finish where we finish and we will enjoy every second of it because we have already over achieved."
Charnock are currently the leagues top scorers having scored one hundred goals so far. But it is Town's defensive resiliance that has made the manager so happy.
"There is only the league champions that have conceded less than us. Our defensive work rate is unquestionable. We have a group that runs through brick walls week on week. We conceded three in our last league defeat to Vauxhall Motors before Christmas. The lads have stepped up massively since then to ensure we are solid. If teams are going to get something from us, they're going to work for it. That's the mindset we have here now.
"We are in an unreal position, I just wish we wouldn't of had the injuries we did before Christmas because who knows what we could have achieved. But in this final few games we are doing what we have done all season, going into each game looking to win. If we finish 4th, fantastic, if we finish 2nd, unbelievable."
With Town missing the Smalley brothers and winger Darius Palma on Wednesday's trip to Barnoldswick, Kinsey provided an update on when we can expect them to return.
"Tomorrow. All three are in and ready to go. Darius and Dom have been ill but are back at 100% now. Deane has had a suspension."
The Chicken Hut faithful are anticipated to follow in their numbers again tomorrow. Kinsey smirked as we discussed the growing fan base and how important they are.
"They love it don't they?! They are unreal. We was warming up on Wednesday, and we just heard this drum. All of a sudden all these people appear walking down this country lane singing their heads off because the coach got stuck down the road. Wild. We knew there was a potential to get serious numbers watching us and that is starting to show. They've really bought into what we're trying to build as a club and they are absolutely vital to that. I've got a lot of time for every one of them."
There is one thing for certain, if Town are to continue this magnificent form, the support is going to be instrumental. 3pm tomorrow, let's do it together!
Mossie Park, PR7 5LZ | Saturday 26th March, 3pm | £5 Adults, £3 Concessions