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Uttoxeter Town boss Mark Grimley eyes Premier prize

Uttoxeter Town manager Mark Grimley

Uttoxeter Town manager Mark Grimley

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UTTOXETER Town manager Mark Grimley says the battle for the Premier Division title in the Staffordshire Senior League is back on.

Town beat Hilton Harriers 2-1 on Wednesday evening while Wolstanton United lost 4-2 against Redgate Clayton.

Those results put Town top on goals scored – with the two sides level on points and goal difference.

United do enjoy a game in hand, but Grimley says intense pressure is now on the Newcastle outfit.

“We believe it’s still there to play for,” said the Town boss. “It can go right down to the last game of the season – and that’s important.

“Can we now win our two remaining games? Can we put the pressure on?

“I wouldn’t fancy three games knowing you can’t lose another.

Wolstanton host Kidsgrove Athletic on Saturday. They then travel to Abbey Hulton on Monday before concluding their campaign at Hiton Harriers.

Town are at Abbey Hulton tomorrow, kick-off 2.30pm. Their last game is against Keele University seven days later.

The Uttoxeter outfit have issues with injury and unavailability tomorrow. Town are unable to call upon Lee Bagley, Tommy Smith, James Curley, Chris Richards, Alex Woods and Rob Collins.

That makes a tough game even more difficult according to Grimley.

He said: “Abbey Hulton away is never an easy game at any stage of the season. They give nothing away – and we’re down to the bare bones again.

“But Wolstanton have to go to Abbey Hulton as well. They’ve got to face a Kidsgrove side who ran us close not long back.”

United will also take on a Hilton side who Town beat two days ago.

Grimley’s men dominated the opening half and led through Harry Price’s second goal in as many games with a super strike following a Liam Sowter free-kick.

Hilton hit back after the break. The hosts scored an equaliser and enjoyed a 10-minute spell on top – without creating any chances of note. Town rallied and dominated the remainder of the game. The goal they deserved arrived five minutes from time.

Jack Holley and the excellent Price combined before Mark Hodson crossed into the area for Bagley to net the winner.

In the dying minutes an incident involving Hodson and an Abbey midfielder resulted in red cards for both.

Grimley admits that losing Hodson to suspension will be a blow, but is delighted that Town can now finish no lower than second.

He said: “People underestimate how tough this league is. Look at the two finalists in the FA Vase (Hanley Town Reserves and Wolstanton).

“Both clubs have beaten a number of step six sides.”

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