Chris Herbert's thoughts ahead of hosting Cheshire-rivals Runcorn Linnets | 1874 Northwich F.C.

Chris Herbert’s thoughts ahead of hosting Cheshire-rivals Runcorn Linnets

1874 boss Chris Herbert is hoping to end the season with a win, as a bumper crowd is expected at Townfield ahead of a local derby against Runcorn Linnets this afternoon.

Last time out against Avro, 1874 fell to a 2-0 defeat, and despite an improved performance, Herbert rued the lack of ruthlessness in front of goal.

“The performance was much better. We had 3-4 very good chances to put the ball away on Saturday, but we failed to take the shot, or we let the chance pass us by.”

“We have to be more ruthless when these chances come, because if not the sucker punch will come in the end.”

Linnets sit in 2nd place ahead of this afternoon’s game, and the ’74 boss spoke of the tough test lying in wait for ’74, as they see out their final match in the Northern Premier League.

“Linnets are an excellent side and will come at us, so we need to be prepared.”

“I’ve managed against them a fair few times in the Runcorn derby when I was at Runcorn Town and it’s probably been 50/50 results wise.”

“This is a derby that we want to win, we are not here to roll over and feel sorry for ourselves.”

“I just want this group to get a win, they have worked hard since I took over, and I thought we deserved more out of the game last week for our efforts.”

Whilst attention is firmly on today’s match, it does mark the end of what has been a disappointing campaign for 1874 Northwich. Herbert is already putting the groundwork in ready for a successful season next season and spoke about his excitement in the recently announced coaching additions.

“I’m made up to have Reedy and Mark on board, to do what we want to do next season, we need to have the best coaching staff available to get the players to the levels we will need.”

“Next season is going to be exciting. There will be changes and there will be some good lads coming through the door to improve us and also toughen us up a bit.”

“These last 3 games were important to see who we want to keep and who may move on, so Saturday is their final chance to show me what they can offer me for next season.”

“I expect the performance at home today to be one the fans and the players themselves can enjoy after a long hard season.”

“We are all in it together and we will do everything we can to reward them for their loyal support.

“Good times are around the corner.”

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