Toolstation NCEL Premier Division
Paul Marshall has hailed his 2022 crop of hidden gems have helped inspire Garforth Town’s fantastic start to the season.
Aided by a ten-game unbeaten run, Garforth are fourth and seven points behind leaders North Ferriby following last weekend’s 7-3 demolition of Maltby Main.
Last season’s third-placed finish was achieved with a squad of many previously untested NCEL players.
The same applies to this season as Marshall has a new band of unknowns and they’re delivering for him.
“No-one knew about Liam Woods, no-one knew about Dexter Ball, Matt Antcliff,” Marshall told Non League Yorkshire.
“They are getting better every week and they’re starting to understand what level they’re playing at.
“They had never played at this level before.
“We had a few dodgy results early doors but I always said when we started the season that we were two weeks behind where I wanted to be because of holidays and injuries.
“You think on, we had no full-backs for a month.
“There were a lot of issues which we have overcome and now we’re looking stronger and stronger.
“Attendances are 200+ so we’re going in the right direction.”
Garforth visit Penistone Church tomorrow and Marshall adds that competition for places is too strong.
“I had to leave a couple of lads out of the 16 against Maltby and Nick Thompson was away, Alex Zachariou is still injured and Callum Brown is back next week.
“I’ve got too much competition.
“I rung Ryan Cooper because I may be giving him some players.
“We’ve got too many players.
“But we’re a good team at this moment in time and long may it continue.”