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Bates wants to keep his side’s recent run going and book a place in the Second Round

Hallam will be hoping for their customary big crowd on Non-League day when the Countrymen host Charnock Richard in the First Round of the FA Vase at Sandygate on Saturday. The visitors, from the North West Counties League Premier Division, make the journey from their Mossie Park home south west of Chorley –and Joint Manager Scott Bates wants to keep his side’s recent run going and book a place in the Second Round, writes Colin Muncie.

Scott told TBG “We have a break from the League now for a couple of games. I am a massive believer in keeping the momentum going into Cup games. Saturday is another great game for the club, and with it been non-league day, we are looking for a great crowd to get behind the lads.”

Scott had the last word on last night’s frustrating, but welcome, draw at League Leaders Winterton last night. “It was a good game for the neutral, to be honest, and a good point in the end” Scott admitted. “but games can be turned on their head by single decisions. We were so frustrated with the second half display from the man in middle. I firmly believe that his decisions were made to gain a reaction from our players, and he got what he wanted with the number of cards he brandished.”

“I felt for both sets of players; after working all day and then working hard for their teams, it can all be done by a single person’s view on things”.

Joint Manager Stephen Whitehead knows enough about the visitors to expect a difficult game, as he welcomes back a familiar face on Saturday. “We look forward to keeping the unbeaten run going in what should be a tough test” Stephen admitted “We don’t know much about them, but they are in a similar position to Bootle (where Hallam won in the Second Qualifying Round) in their League. We welcome Bish (Micah Bishop, the winning goal scorer on Merseyside) who is back from suspension -which is a massive plus -and we hope to get a good attendance which we normally do on Non-League Day”.

“The lads are performing well at present- so we can hopefully get to the same levels on Saturday as we’ve shown in recent weeks”.

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