GREAT Harwood are on the hunt for their first win in four games to keep them up among the NWCL Division Two pacesetters.
Harwood have only lost once in the league this season - to Cheadle two weeks ago - but drew 0-0 with local rivals Padiham on Saturday in a scrappy game at the Showground. They travel to Eccleshall on Saturday (ko 2pm) keen to get another three points and challenge the likes of Colne, Nelson and Formby at the top.
"We didn't play that well against Padiham," said boss John Hughes. "It was a disappointing game. Now we have been beaten once, everyone wants to take the points off us. The only player who did really well was right back Tony Green who battled hard and showed a good attitude."
However his side are still up among it but Hughes knows there is a real battle on for the top spots.
"I think the teams who will be up there are Nelson and Formby, they have impressed me," said Hughes. "And the dark horses are Holker - I think they could make a late charge. But we are sitting comfortably at the moment. This time last year we were around half way but injuries and suspensions forced us to drop to around sixth from bottom. However we rallied and finished in sixth spot. And we have a couple of games in hand on some teams so I am happy with how we have progressed so far."
Striker Matty Derbyshire is still playing for Harwood and played against Padiham but was flanked by numerous defenders. He did turn out for Blackburn Rovers Under 19s the week before and Hughes and chairman Bill Holden were talking to the Ewood outfit this week about a move for the teenager.
However Manchester United also want the hitman to go there for training and there has been no concrete offers as yet for the youngster, a Rovers fan who works for the Community Office at Ewood.