“WE are a better team” says Uttoxeter Town manager Mark Grimley on the eve of their away trip to league leaders Wolstanton United.
Perennial title challengers Wolstanton are three points ahead of Town – having played one game more – in the Staffordshire Senior League’s top flight.
In what could be a crucial weekend, with second-placed Ball Haye Green facing Audley, Grimley is in confident mood.
“Wolstanton are a good side,” said the Town boss. “I’ve been to watch them twice this year and both times I’ve been impressed.
“Are they better than us? In my opinion no. I think we’re a better side.”
Grimley is wary of the threat offered by Wolstanton hot-shot Mark Grice who already has 15 goals to his name this season.
“They have a centre forward as good as anything at this level – but I wouldn’t swap for any one of mine.”
Town will be boosted by the return of James McCarron, who will be tasked with keeping Grice in check.
“He’s a player who will relish the challenge of playing against Gricey,” Grimley said. “It’s good to have James back.”
Town suffered a 2-1 Staffs FA Vase defeat to step six outfit Lichfield City last time out – and Grimley accepts a portion of the blame.
The Town boss said: “We didn’t start well. Maybe we bigged the game up too much.
“We live and learn. I am big enough to shoulder the blame for that.”
Grimley also refused to publicly castigate striker Tommy Smith who was sent off with 30 minutes still remaining – having not even touched the ball.
He said: “It’s disappointing really. Obviously he was frustrated at not starting the game. He’s just been really silly.
“But on another day we could have scored four or five.
“We could have been level 30 seconds into the second half.
“Kyle (Esplin) has missed one he normally puts away. Had we scored would we have won it? Probably.
“But take nothing away from Kyle, he’s been absolutely fantastic for me this season.”