Handsworth Parramore welcome Division One side Ollerton Town to Sandy Lane tomorrow night in their NCEL League Cup Quarter Final clash –and Parras Manager Jas Colliver will again be counting the walking wounded ahead of a game which comes at the end of a tough few days, writes Colin Muncie.
Jas told the Bootiful Game “ We go into tomorrow’s fixture battered and bruised from a testing week both physically and mentally; we’re disappointed to end our League campaign as we have done but I’m proud with the professionalism and attitude the players have applied in difficult circumstances. We have had setback after setback with injuries and unavailability -but the lads who have been there throughout have given their all and must be applauded for that. Everyone can see we’ve been dead on our feet, but we are refreshed and ready to go tomorrow”
Jas is overlooking the side’s respective League positions, and is concentrating fully on extending his side’s Cup run. “Tomorrow ,League form goes out of the window for both teams ,and it’s all about getting a positive result to progress into a semi final against Liversedge” he said “ We have discussed this season at length and as a squad, management team and committee. It’s fair to say we already have one eye on ways to improve without losing focus on tomorrow’s huge game”.
Jas welcomes back a few key figures tomorrow night, but not all of them “We will have a healthy squad with some key players returning- which will give us a massive lift” he explained.”I want the players to play with a smile and express themselves which, in my opinion, has been the case on a consistent basis since the turn of the year. I’m absolutely gutted for Jon Froggatt, Ben Partridge, Alex Rippon and Jed Phillips who have suffered long term setbacks. We are hopeful Jed’s injury isn’t too long but it’s fair to say he won’t play again this season; Froggy is itching to get going and has joined in light training but the others are going to be more long term. I wish them all well”.
For Ollerton Town coach Jordan Wildey, it’s a huge evening in prospect. “I can’t wait, to be honest” he told the Bootiful Game. “We know we are going to be massive underdogs for this game and to be honest the timing of the game isn’t great for us -but it’s the Cup and we know anything can happen”
“We have shown before against top teams that we can upset them -and we will aim to do that again tomorrow” Jordan warned.
Main photograph by Ken Allesbrook.