Newlands’ Mancrief ready for title tester

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NEWLANDS boss Shaun Mancrief has labelled tomorrow’s clash with fellow high-flyers West Pier a ‘do or die clash.’

Pier currently sit at the top of the Saturday League first division table on 47 points from their 17 games played while Newlands are third with 37 from 15.

They still have games in hand over Pier and second placed Edgehill and need to pick up a win against Andy Spivey’s outfit.

Mancrief said: “This is a massive game for everyone involved and it is definitely a do or die game for us.

“We know we have to beat them to have a chance of winning the league becuase if they beat us it is over for ourselves.”

Pier have home advantage with the game being played at Sherburn but Mancrief believes his side have a realistic chance of getting the victory.

He added: “They are a good side and are top of the league on merit but we also have a strong squad and can beat anyone in the division on our day.

“Sadly we will have to do without Danny Jenkinson who is unavailable because he has been superb in the middle of the park.

“Eric Hall is our top scorer and he has been in excellent form recently.

“He came back after a very bad injury but has shown what a good striker he is and he can get you a goal out of nothing which is always valuable.

“They are well organised at the back with Steve Sheader leading them from the heart of defence while players such as Ronnie Lamb are always a threat.

“We know we face a stern challenge but we have to have belief that we can win.

“I won’t be talking too much about them to my players but getting them to concentrate on their own game and doing their individual and team jobs.

“It should be a good game and hopefully we can just manage to beat them.”

The other side involved in the title run-in Edgehill, will also be looking for maximum points when they go to struggling Fishburn Park.

Steve Clegg’s charges picked up a comfortable 8-1 win over Scalby last time out with goals from Ricky Greening (2), Alex Bowman (2), Aaron Jenking (2) Andy Noon and Dean Craig.

Strugglers Scalby face a tricky trip to Ayton in desperate need for some points while rock-bottom Cayton Corinthians are away to Eastfield St James.

In division three table-toppers Falsgrave entertain Ayton Reserves while second-placed Snainton host the team directly below them in the pecking order Westover Wasps Reserves.