08:45 Friday 27 December 2013

Uttoxeter Town boss Mark Grimley targets entry into top FA competitions

Written byDOM MILLS

BOGEY TEAM . . . Ball Haye Green, managed by Darren Baker (left), have beaten Uttoxeter Town home and away this season BOGEY TEAM . . . Ball Haye Green, managed by Darren Baker (left), have beaten Uttoxeter Town home and away this season

SEEING Uttoxeter Town’s name in the hat for one of the Football Association’s major competitions is one of manager Mark Grimley’s main targets.

Town spent Christmas at number one in the Staffordshire Senior League’s Premier Division – and Grimley has his sights set higher.

“Hopefully we can push on and get to a level of competition when we can get into the FA competitions like the FA Vase.

“It’s one of the targets to play at a level of football, i.e. step six, with the chance to play for a bit of prize money.

“We’ve been really well supported by the people of Uttoxeter who have been absolutely brilliant – lets hope we can push on a bit more.”

January is a crucial month as Town bid to cement their position in pole position in the league – and further their cup ambitions.

“January is a big month,” said Grimley. “We’ve Cheadle Town, a local derby, and then Florence away.

“We’ve then got a big cup game at Stapenhill before our semi-final at the end of the month against our friends Ball Haye Green.”

Town’s only losses this season have come against Darren Baker’s side, with Green completing a league double over their title rivals.

Town have also drawn games with other teams in contention at the top end of the table – and Grimley says that must change if they are to finish the season on a high.

He said: “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.”

Uttoxeter Town against Cheadle Town on January 4, at Oldfields, is a 2pm kick-off.

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