Football: Boss gees up his winning side

Andrew Butterworth, left.
Andrew Butterworth, left.

Midgley boss Craig Gee still wants to see more from his side when they host Mixenden United tomorrow, despite their perfect start to the Halifax AFL season.

A 4-3 win over Hebden Royd Red Star last week followed a 2-0 win over Holmfield to make it two wins out of two for Gee’s men.

But the manager believes his team still have more in the tank ahead of what he is predicting will be a difficult test against a Mixenden side who thrashed Shelf 4-1 in their opening game.

“It’s not going to be an easy game hopefully we can improve on last week,” he said.

“We just need to be a bit better all-round really.

“It’s still early in the season and we’re still a bit rusty.

“If we can get through our early matches and get some points on the board then the performances can come later.

“It doesn’t matter how we play at this stage.”

Gee admitted Midgley weren’t at their best in last week’s win over Red Star, but says points on the board are the priority at this early stage of the campaign.

“We made a good start but it wasn’t a great performance from us,2 he added.

“However, we got the three points and that’s all that matters.”

Midfielder Greg Spink, who will see a physio on Friday, and centre-back Joe Gibson are both unavailable but defender Andrew Butterworth returns to the squad after serving his two-game ban carried over from last season.

Calder 76 currently top the table with a 100 per cent record after their 4-1 victory over Northowram.

But they sit there by virtue of a better points difference over second-placed Midgley. Tomorrow’s visitors Mixenden are third, so all eyes will be on this early-season showdown between two of the tile-chasing pacesetters.