Football: Boss Dale seeks help in bid to rescue Doms
DAVE Dale is hoping an influx of back-room help will give Stone Dominoes a fighting chance in their against-the-odds battle to avoid relegation.
The Dominoes boss is looking to bring in an assistant manager, a physio and a kit man to help breathe new life into the club at the bottom of the North West Counties League Premier Division.
It is part of a wider shake-up he is eyeing to help ensure the success of Dominoes' thriving youth set-up eventually transfers into results for the first team.
He explained: "We need to get things moving a little bit. I'd like to bring in a coach with a bit of experience who can come in and make an impact straight away.
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"I'm after someone who has been in the game and can help out in the dressing room and on the training ground.
"Stone has a great reputation, and it still has the potential to be one of the best clubs in the area because of our youth section and facilities.
"We've got 250 kids and 18 to 20 junior sides, while Jon Busfield is the best chairman I've ever worked with. If we all work together, on and off the field, we can get things right."
On the pitch Stone, who have won one league match in 25 this season, face arguably their most daunting test of the campaign tomorrow, away at leaders Maine Road.
Dale has been buoyed by target man Dwayne Spence's decision to play more regularly for the club rather than travel down to Evesham.
But he knows his side cannot afford the lapses in concentration they suffered in a 6-0 reverse against AFC Liverpool last time out.
"We went a goal down and it might as well have been 10," he said.
"We had too many people looking at their phones at full-time to see if their bets had come in and too many lads who had been out on the Friday night. They can either buck up or buck out.
"It will not be the result against Maine Road which dictates our fate this season, but we have to go there giving it our all."
CONGLETON TOWN are looking to make it three wins on the spin when they travel to Bacup Borough.
Chris Smith has scored three goals in two games and could fire the Bears back up to fifth in the table with a win over struggling Bacup, who they beat 4-2 back in October.
It will also be a welcome boost before Town's Cheshire Senior Cup quarter-final against Witton Albion on Tuesday.
NORTON UNITED must bounce back from a 4-0 defeat at promotion-chasing Padiham when they entertain another side up near the top, Colne. The reverse fixture finished goalless earlier in the season.
Andy Turner takes his ALSAGER TOWN team to Stockport Sports seeking revenge for a 2-1 defeat on their own turf in September.
The Bullets, in 12th, can climb into the top half and go level on points with their opponents with a win.