Briggs hails Church Reserves players

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Penistone Church Reserves manager Scott Briggs

Scott Briggs has hailed his Penistone Church Reserves players who have guided them to the top of the table.

Penistone were nowhere near the title race back in mid-November but a good run of results and a few favours from elsewhere have seen them climb the table.

“When you have dropped points against Houghton Main, Swinton, losing twice to Dodworth, it wasn’t a nice feeling,” Briggs told Non League Yorkshire.

“To go away to Hepworth and Stocksbridge and put the performances in, it was nice.

“I know we’re only top because teams haven’t played but it sets the bar and we have the points in the bag.

“(The title race) is wide open and what we have to give (the table) time to settle down and keep winning and performing.

“It is hard to judge to where we are (because teams have games-in-hand).

“We’re happy with how the lads playing and training and it is nice to have the togetherness.

“Morale was low when we went to Hepworth as we had drawn to Gawber, lost to Dodworth twice and knocked out of the Association Cup on penalties to AFC Dronfield,” he said.

“Hepworth were flying when we played them.

“I was pleased with the result but I was more pleased with how the lads got the result because they were phenomenal.

“It was a cold wet day, tackles were flying in and we had to defend uphill.

“It was the same at Stocksbridge.

“We got a goal and they put it on us and we soaked it up well and got the second goal.”

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