06:00 Wednesday 25 December 2013

Uttoxeter Town are the Staffordshire Senior League's Christmas number one

Written byDOM MILLS

TOP OF THE TREE . . . Mark Grimley's Uttoxeter Town will spend Christmas in Premier Division pole position TOP OF THE TREE . . . Mark Grimley's Uttoxeter Town will spend Christmas in Premier Division pole position

MARK Grimley says Uttoxeter Town need to convert draws against the Staffordshire Senior League’s top teams into wins if they are to claim the Premier Division title.

Town will be the league’s Christmas number one – despite having Saturday’s trip to Abbey Hulton United called off due to a waterlogged pitch.

The Oldfields side enjoy a one-point advantage over Norton United, while fellow title chasers Ball Haye Green and Wolstanton United are also in hot pursuit, and enjoy games in hand.

“The players were chomping at the bit to play (against Abbey Hulton).

“We wanted to be top at Christmas – and it means something.

“Having played everyone now, we don’t think there’s anyone better than us in all honesty.

“That’s not to say we are going to win it and turn everyone over.

“We’ve played Wolstanton and drawn.

“We’ve played Ball Haye Green and been beaten twice.

“We’ve played Redgate Clayton and drawn with them.

“To win the league you need to win games like that.

“To win the league you’ve got turn games against the likes of Wolstanton into wins.”

Town return to action on Saturday, January 4, at home to local rivals Cheadle Town.

Grimley said: “We beat them quite convincingly last time when they had two men sent off.

“I’m sure they’ll come out at a fast tempo and have a go. We will be ready for them.”

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