Emley AFC boss Richard Tracey insists there’s much work still to be done if the club is to achieve promotion.

The Pewits are unbeaten in 18 matches and remain second in the Northern Counties East League Premier Division, four points behind leaders Campion with four games in hand.

One of those games in hand comes on Saturday December 23 at home to Bottesford Town and Emley are back at the Fantastic Media Welfare Ground on Boxing Day when local rivals Penistone Church are the visitors.

Tracey told Emley’s official website: “We’re delighted going 18 games unbeaten. We know that inevitably somebody’s going to beat us at some point but it’s then about how we react and if we can go on another run.

“I think one of the barriers we had last year was that we ended up drawing too many games. However, this season we have rectified that with late goals against Pickering and Bottesford, for example. They were the sort of games that we might have drawn last season.

Richard Tracey. Pic by: SEAN DOYLE

“Campion are not letting up at the top of the league. We’ve got to keep winning games to keep that pressure on them,” he added.

“Earlier in the season I thought we were way off the pace because of the cup games and games in hand. However, we always knew that the pressure was on us to win games to catch up with the teams above us.

“Nobody’s resting on their laurels here. We know how much hard work there is still to come. I always say I’m a glass half empty kind of chap!

“We know there’s teams in this league who are more than good enough to cause us problems and turn us over.

“We’ve got to make sure that we keep plugging away and doing our bit and nothing’s taken for granted until it’s done and dusted.”

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