Coalfield Classico II: The Return
Welton Rovers entertain Radstock Town in the Toolstation Western League on Good Friday, in a game described as the biggest at this level of non-league football.
With both sides pushing for the First Division play-offs, the need for three points and the highest possible league position are crucial as the season nears its conclusion at the end of this month. With Welton placed third in the League, maintaining or improving their League position will earn them a home draw in the play-off Semi Final. Radstock however, are fighting to hold on to the final play-off place, only four points ahead of Wells City who they face on Easter Bank Holiday Monday.
Speaking to Radstock Town’s Sounds of the Sea Podcast, Miners’ Manager, Ryan Child, talked about what he learnt from the last time the sides met, in a 2–0 draw at Southfields Recreation Ground.
“I think we learned a lot in terms of when to play. We played extremely well for 80 minutes with ten players. I think they scored in the 92nd minute to draw the game. There’s no fear in our team about playing Welton, but we need to learn that being emotionally charged and overly excited with all these people watching is something that we need to manage, because I would have much preferred to play with eleven players because we would have won that game comfortably.
“So, we look at that game, we look at how they played and we put together a game plan for this individual match, which is what we always do. But the main thing is to manage the occasion. It will be a big game to play, but I hope that this team has some experience now and can just take it on, you know, go for it.”
The Coalfield Classico kicks off at 1pm on April 15th at West Clewes, the home of Welton Rovers.
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