Kelk building for future at beleaguered Hucknall
MANAGER Darren Kelk will take his Hucknall Town side to face runaway Evo-Stik First Division South leaders Coalville Town tomorrow.
The task could hardly be tougher after a week of further off-field issues at the forlorn club.
Bailiffs were sent in to seize assets which included pitch mowing equipment, while the Social Club has also been closed down.
But manager Kelk is focusing solely on footballing matters, and while realistic about the challenge both tomorrow and beyond, he is trying to build a team that can compete for the football club, which he regards as such a big part of the local area.
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He said: "I can't comment on the off-field issues as that is all to do with the committee.
"But I had a meeting with them this week and they asked if we would be able to send a team to Coalville, and I said 'yes we can'.
"I've selected five games that I believe we are capable of getting something from if I am being realistic on things.
"So if you are asking me can we go to Coalville and win? Then the answer is no.
"But we will be competitive and we will work hard and I hope the supporters – who have been superb by the way – can see the effort and commitment and get behind the team."
Hucknall will definitely hold a training session this week and have also re-established the link with Mansfield Town allowing their youth team players to be taken on loan.
Kelk has also made several signings from lower leagues and is hopeful this blend of youth and experience can bear some fruit.
"We have signed a number of players who, with a bit of work, I believe are capable of making the step up," he said.
"But they will need to play to their full potential to compete.
"Mansfield Town will allow us to take as many or as little of their youth team players as we need, but I want to try to get the balance of experienced players and their second and third-year youth team players who will have a chance to play football at this level.
"I am hoping we will be in existence long enough to bring in some more experienced players too.
"But we are OK in numbers and the players who will travel on Saturday will be travelling through our choice."
Because of the problems at their Watnall Road ground, Hucknall have switched their home Senior Cup game with Carlton Town next Tuesday to their opposition's ground (7.45pm).