Marsden FC boss Luke Haigh has promotion firmly in his sights and his side could go back top of the Yorkshire Amateur League Championship with victory at Norristhorpe on Saturday November 11 (2.00).
Here’s his latest round-up of what’s happening at Fall Lane.
“We’ve now gone nine games unbeaten in all competitions and are looking to make it 10 this weekend.
“The reserve team have taken time to adjust in the YAL but have got to grips with it now and sit comfortably in the top six of Division 2.
“We are growing as a club on all fronts with two competitive open age sides and talks are progressing about getting a 3rd team to compete in the Huddersfield District League.
“On a personal level, the minimum I want this season is promotion and a good cup run for the first team. We have a very settled squad at the moment without picking up too many injuries.
“We have some really exciting youngsters at the club who are thriving at the moment and long may it continue.
“Tom Brook and Harry Hobson have both been called up to the Yorkshire representative team. A few others were also in contention including our leading scorer Leo Benomran, however I don’t think more football will suit Leo in the long term as he has just achieved a scholarship in America.
“We have a good blend of experience and youth which bodes well.
“We have brought in ex-Newsome manager Richard Lewis as first team assistant manager and he has slotted into the club well.
“I like to surround myself with people I trust and in Richard Coggon, Steve Charlton and now Richard Lewis I believe I have that. This is why I’ve taken all three of them with me to the YAL Representative team.
“We have players in the reserve team knocking on the first team door but as we keep winning and performing it’s hard for them to get in at the moment.
“They will need to be patient and when they get the chance it’s up to them to come in and take the shirt. It’s impossible to keep every player happy no matter what you do.
“We really need to start pressing ahead with pushing our ground on now. We are pushing for grants to help us fence off the pitch.
“There is talk of a new under 23s team coming in next season but discussions are still at an early stage.
“The bigger tests are to follow, I’ve no doubt, but I couldn’t have asked for a better start from my first team and I’m very pleased with how the reserve team is coming along.”