Craig hoping for home rule

Danny Craig (centre)
Danny Craig (centre)

Danny Craig hopes to finally take to the dugout at the Silentnight Stadium tomorrow.

But the new Barnoldswick Town boss admits the forecast doesn’t look promising ahead of the visit of promotion-chasing Runcorn Town.

Craig took up the reins in mid-January, but has yet to oversee a home game, with Town’s game with Barnton on Saturday falling victim to the weather, while the trip to West Didsbury and Chorlton on Tuesday night was also postponed.

Games have been few and far between, but Craig is pleased with what he has seen from his players so far in training, and is eager to put their hard work into practice: “There’s no happy medium at the moment, if it was game after game, I’d probably be complaining we didn’t have enough time to work with the players in training, but it’s swings and roundabouts.

“We’ve been training twice a week at Nelson and Colne College and it’s got to the stage that we’d like to see what we’ve been working on in games.”

And, with 16 games to play, Craig is hoping to finish as strongly as possible: “We have 30 points on the board, and we want enough to make sure we stay in the division first, and try and finish as well as we can ahead of next season.

“Then our target, simply, will be to be a team, first and foremost, with the right framework in place. Realistically we aren’t going to win the league, but we have some capable players and we’ll do everything we can to be in and around the chasing pack.”