In what could well be the game of the day in Toolstation NCEL Division One on Saturday, Shirebrook Town, in sixth place, visit in –form Glasshoughton Welfare, just two placed and four points behind them-and before this potential blockbuster at the TJ’s Travel Arena, we sought the pre-match views of Glassy’s Joint Manager and Town’s 33-goal marksman, writes Colin Muncie.
First, Lee Vigars, who told the Bootiful Game “Shirebrook at home on Saturday is the start of a hugely important three weeks for us with the result going a long way in deciding how our season will end up. We played them at their place way back in August where we let ourselves down badly. We had a scratch side out that day due to injuries with a few youngsters thrown in and some lads playing out of position. We are a lot more settled now and the squad has quite a different look to the one that we took down to Mansfield back then”.
Lee has kept a close watch on Saturday’s guests, and rates them highly “Our visitors are currently flying high and will be certainly targeting one of the promotion places, especially with the Division’s top goal scorer in their ranks” he told us. “They’ll come here well organised ,as normal, and will make it an extremely difficult game for us, but we know that a home win throws open the battle for a top six position – something we are desperate for this season. Form and morale are sky high within the camp at the moment and we feel that it’s going to take a very good side to beat us. I’d say we only performed at 70% last weekend but still managed to leave Armthorpe with all 3 points -which is always a good sign when underperforming slightly”.
Lee will have reinforcements for Saturday’s game. “There were a number of players missing last Saturday who should be back this week so again selection will be tricky, but that leads to healthy competition within the team- something that the boys are thriving on at the moment”.
Shirebrook’s Keiran Watson doesn’t disagree much with Lee’s assessment of the game –or its importance. “Yes, it’s going to be very difficult on Saturday as Glasshoughton’s home record speaks for itself. They’re in a rich vein of form at the minute so we will have to be at our best to come away with something”.
Keiran knows that the business end of the season isn’t far away, and so the return of a key figure is welcome “It’s important for us to keep our foot on the gas and stay amongst the play-off pack so Saturday is a massive game”, he said.
“Getting Declan Brewin back from suspension should also give us a big boost.”