“The best the Reds have played”

Captain Conor Tinnion says that yesterday’s thrashing of Ramsbottom United was ‘the best Reds have played’ this season.

Tinnion, who earned Man of the Match in the 5-1 victory at Borough Park, spoke about the importance of the win against a fellow promotion hopeful.

Bouncing back from a defeat at Clitheroe in the week, Danny Grainger’s men were dominant from minute one and the skipper gave his assessment of a rampant Reds.

There’s no point downplaying it, we dominated them today. You look at Tuesday [at Clitheroe], and it’s chalk and cheese.

The lads have probably got to start realising that they’re the levels that we can hit against a team who’ll be up there. 

It proves to me that when we’re on it, there won’t be many teams who can live us. When the confidence is up, I wouldn’t like to play against us.”

Two defeats in three Northern Premier League matches had slightly tainted the mood inside Borough Park. 

However, in front of 469 supporters, a resounding Reds delivered another three points to stay top of the table but Tinnion knows how vital consistency is.

There’s no point playing like that and then having a poor performance next Saturday. 

There’ll be some downs but we don’t get carried away and we just needed a reaction and there was – everyone was at it.”

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Due to both team’s strong start, the game had been surrounded by NPL North West Divison chatter, something Tinnion and the squad were well aware of.

This game has been built-up for a while, people have been talking about Ramsbottom coming up and I was impressed with how the lads dealt with it, no one froze.

That would, hopefully, suggest that when we’re building up to a weekend fixture and got a bit of time to think about, it might be nice.”

Tinnion then alluded to the ‘relentless’ schedule since August of seven weeks of weekend-midweek matches.

Now, though, Reds have just two matches on their fixture list over the next 35 days; next Saturday away to Marske United and then a Buildbase FA Trophy trip to Droylsden a week later. 

There’s a few aching bodies out there, Brad Carroll and myself so it might do us a bit of good having those days off.

Personally, I prefer when the games keep coming but we’ll go again and set up for Marske. It’s another massive game, there’ll be up there. We want to go and test ourselves against them.

There’s no point doing things in isolation, we need to just keep rolling on and go make a statement next Saturday.”

Kick-off at Mount Pleasant, North Yorkshire is 3pm.

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