After trading Toolstation NCEL Division One wins with Easy Yorkshire Carnegie in the first week of the season, and following that gutsy defeat to Blyth in Saturday’s Emirates FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round ,Glasshoughton Welfare welcome Armthorpe Welfare to the TJ’s Travel Arena on Tuesday evening- and Glassy’s Joint Manager Lee Vigars admitted that his selection options are still sub-optimal at this early stage of the season as he contemplates yet another double header in August , writes Colin Muncie.
Lee told the Bootiful Game “Games are coming thick and fast at the moment which gives us an opportunity to use the entire squad. We do have a few injury doubts for tomorrow night due to some of the lads picking up slight knocks in the FA Cup tie last Saturday. Matty Bowman -who was a stand- out performer in pre- season is still not 100% fit so won’t be risked although we hope he’ll be okay for the return fixture in Doncaster at the weekend. We also hope to have Lewis Pickering registered in time following his transfer from Yorkshire Amateur so there could be a few changes to our line- up”.
Lee had practical experience of the threat Armthorpe will pose in the corresponding fixture last season. “Armthorpe played really well down at our place last season” he reminded us “so we know that they’ll arrive here well prepared and ready to go. They’ll be desperate to pick up some points and get their season up and running so we’ll make sure we have our lads ready to match whatever’s thrown at us”.
“We still feel there’s a lot more to come from our group” Lee insisted “and hopefully tomorrow night we’ll see the performance levels we saw against Goole and Garforth Town just a few weeks ago”.
With just that narrow first day defeat to AFC Emley under their belts, Armthorpe will be delighted to be back in action. Manager Mike Carmody told us “We’re looking forward to getting back at it after having to sit it out for 10 days without a game -which is a little frustrating for myself and the lads as you always want to put a setback behind you as soon as possible. The same happened last year, I believe, and it took us a while to get going”.
Mike has great respect for tomorrow night’s hosts, but he’s taking his side to Castleford to win. “We always expect a difficult game against Glasshoughton” Mike admitted “they are a big strong side with some excellent players who play for each other. Last season showed what a great job Lee and Darren are doing”.
“We’ll go there and have a real go -as we will in every game”