RELEGATION dogfights are nothing new to new Nostell MW boss Paul Lines.
The former Wakefield FC chief had his fair share of it during some turbulent times with the Bears, not helped by off-the-field issues with former landlords Wakefield Wildcats RLFC.
On the pitch, it might be a script Lines has seen before at Nostell – in trouble towards the foot of the Premier – but he is grateful for small mercies.
Namely that the situation behind the scenes is a lot calmer and more settled, with the club having the potential to truly grow – given time.
Lines, whose second-from-bottom side face a crucial game tomorrow at home to the side just above them, Armthorpe Welfare, said: “It is like having our own place. Obviously, Simon (Turfrey) has come as chairman, who I worked with before at Wakefield, and we have all the facilities and infrastructure there.
“We have an under-19s side and realistically if we can put any sort of first team together, we can do okay and build for the future and get some young ones through and be nice and settled.
“We see it as a long-term thing. At Wakefield, we set things out to be long-term and there’s no reason why it shouldn’t be any different at Nostell and why we shouldn’t do that.
“Hopefully we can build something. When I first went in at Ammers, there were crowds of 20-odd.
“By the end, there were 120-odd sometimes. Success brings people through the gates.”
On his immediate aims, Lines added: “Short-term, the blueprint is just to keep the team in this league, I get used to this!
“Obviously, the year after, we want to finish halfway at least. We see that as a realistic goal.”
A familiar face from his days at Wakefield joins Lines in the shape of striker Rob Bordman, who comes in as his assistant.
But his main job will be boosting his side’s potency up front, with the frontman having fired goals for fun at Wakefield.
Lines said: “When you have Rob, you have half a chance, with the goals he scores.”
Elsewhere, Tadcaster Albion, nine points clear at the top and fresh from a remarkable 10-0 victory over Armthorpe, welcome Albion Sports, while Garforth host Athersley Rec.
Glasshoughton and Thackley visit Heanor and Retford, while Liversedge welcome Staveley.
In Division One, derbies see Selby host leaders AFC Emley and Hemsworth visit Eccleshill.
Pontefract Colls host Lincoln Moorlands, while Yorkshire Amateur head to Worsbrough Bridge and Knaresborough go to Rossington.