Colne manager wants games

AIMING HIGH: Steve Cunningham is hoping to take the club to new heights during his tenure
AIMING HIGH: Steve Cunningham is hoping to take the club to new heights during his tenure

It was more of the same for Colne at the weekend as yet another fixture, away to Winsford United, fell victim to the weather.

The Reds have not played now since a 3-0 defeat to Maine Road on January 18th and Reds boss Steve Cunningham said it was beginning to get more than a little frustrating.

“It’s been a nightmare, really frustrating,” he said. “We just want to get a few games in a row so we can get a bit of consistency and finish as strong as we can.”

Colne have 16 games left to play this season, 10 of which are against the top seven teams in the league and Cunningham can’t wait to see how his team measures

“It will be a very good yardstick to see how far we have come. We play my old team Runcorn twice who are currently top, so it would be nice to get one over on them and we also play Norton twice who are chasing them hard.

“The club has finished eighth in the last two seasons and when I joined halfway through this season we were eight but we lost a lot of good players then. It was a bit of false position when I came though and I remember watching the first game from the sidelines and thinking there’s no way we are a top eight side.

“We’ve brought in some players who have made a massive difference though and we’ve been putting in some good performance against the top teams which has been very encouraging.

“At this point of the season, after Christmas, if you’re not in the top three then you can have nothing to play for. We’ve got a lot of games though that mean something to somebody and it’s exciting to be part of that. We know we’re going to help have a say in where the title ends up.

There may still be 16 games of this season left but plans are already being put in place ready for next year.

“We’ve already started planning for next season,” added Cunningham. “We had a club committee meeting on Monday and there were a lot of ideas being thrown around which is always good to see. The pitch is going to be done before next season, we’re looking at getting a new clubshouse and we’re going to be re-branding the entire club pre-season.

“There’s are some real exciting times ahead for this football club.”

Colne’s next game, weather permitting, is at home to Glossop North End on Saturday, kick off 3pm.