THACKLEY manager Pat McGuire feels his side are capable of beating anyone on their day, but said their inconsistent, rollercoaster run over the last six games is them all over.

Excellent wins over Albion Sports and Goole were followed by a pair of stinkers against Grimsby Borough and Eccleshill United.

But their last two games saw a fine 1-1 draw at Toolstation Northern Counties East League Premier Division leaders Staveley Miners Welfare and a shock 2-1 win over Ossett United in the West Riding County Cup.

McGuire was happy to wax lyrical meanwhile over new boy Albert Ibrahimi, who came agonisingly close to scoring at Staveley, before nodding home a fine equaliser against Ossett.

His manager said: "We've been after Albert for 18 months. I always found it hard playing against him, as he's so difficult to pick up.

"He's good on the ball and he's just capable of unlocking a door going forward. He only came back from the USA at Christmas so he's not at peak fitness.

"But he was unlucky at Staveley, hitting the post and then I think he ended up scoring with his neck against Ossett. I hope that spurs him on."

McGuire will hope Ibrahimi stars again today in Thackley's home league game against Hemsworth Miners Welfare, with the Dennyboys looking to break their run of "twos".

The boss said: "In our last six, we've had two good performances, followed by two poor ones, and now two fabulous results. But that's us all over consistency wise.

"I was looking at the run we'd have after the two lacklustre defeats to Grimsby and Eccleshill, and thought we could be looking at five or six games without a win.

"But I thought the formation needed freshening up and I made changes, almost to make a point, and we turned it round.

We are capable of beating anybody on our day. I think we are getting there, and we're ahead of where we thought we would be (after last season)."

That was displayed in the excellent away point at Staveley last week, even though the Dennyboys left the game feeling devastated.

McGuire said: ""Everyone was gutted in the dressing room afterwards not to get the three points, which I think is a great sign.

"They've not been beaten at all at home all season but I knew the lads (we brought in) were capable and we made it really frustrating for them.

"They like to play good football, like us, so I packed the midfield so they had players in front of them to stop them doing that.

"Their best player got frustrated and was sent off for kicking out. We were the better team, especially in the second half, and we should have been 3-0 up.

"Albert hit the post and we also hit the bar from a yard out. It would have given us a golden chance to win and in the end their equaliser was really disappointing, as it just came from a simple floated set-piece."

Thackley will hope a similar performance can produce all three points against Hemsworth.

The Pontefract side are sixth in the table but haven't won in five games.

Asked to pinpoint why that might be the case,McGuire said: "They've lost a real leader in their manager Wayne Benn (to Ossett United in November).

"But (club captain) Luke Danville has taken over permanently now and he'll get them playing. They're good all over the pitch.

"Them getting beat by Athersley Recreation last week was a shock, but then Athersley only beat (promotion candidates) Grimsby Borough not so long ago.

"They'll be out to take three points from us to continue their promotion push, as they'll want to make sure they get up from this level as soon as they can."