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Unbeaten Harwood keen to continue run

FOOTBALL: JOHN Hughes is keen to point out that his Great Harwood side are not a one-man team despite all the attention on striker Matty Derbyshire.

JOHN Hughes is keen to point out that his side are not a one-man team despite all the attention on striker Matty Derbyshire.

Manchester City and Burnley are leading the hunt for the 17-year-old who once again came up with the goods, scoring both goals in Great Harwood's 2-1 win at the weekend.

They defeated Maine Road in the League Challenge Cup. But Hughes says his other players are playing a huge part as well.

"We are not a one-man team. Mash (Paul Mashiter) does well up front and Bobby Harris is one of the most agile keepers I know. He was going into the army and so got himself to the peak of his fitness in pre season. He isn't joining the army now but he is obviously very fit.

"Then there is Ryan Parr, a defender, who a couple of teams have had a look at and James Dean in midfield. We can still win games without Matty - but having him certainly helps!"

There is no hiding from the fact the teenager Derbyshire, who works at Blackburn's Centre of Excellence, is the man of the moment.

"Everytime he goes out there, he just keeps scoring," said Hughes, as his man has scored 14 goals in six games.But he is a talent. He hasn't let all this fuss go to his head. We do face a battle to keep him but I only want the right move for him. He has his feet on the ground, he has a good head on him and, when he isn't playing, he is always keen on the bench to go out there.

"I am proud to work with him as he always listens, he does what is said and runs and runs. He has such pace. I think he is better than Brett Ormerod was - and Brett was 20 when he went from Stanley to Blackpool, Matty is just 17. I think he has a big future."

Hughes admits his other players are enjoying all this attention.

"They think it is great that all these scouts are coming down as they want Matty to do well but it also gives them a chance to be seen."

Harwood are unbeaten in the NWCL Division Two this season and have two league games this week. They are at home to Ashton United on Saturday and travel to Blackpool Mechanics on Tuesday.

Meanwhile striker John Eastham could face keyhole surgery on his knee. He has December pencilled in for a return.


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