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Hunter waxes lyrical about Vase and Volunteers Garforth Town travel to North West Counties

League Division One North side Prestwich Heys on Saturday are looking to progress in the FA Vase, and for Manager Rob Hunter, it’s a second trip over The Pennines this week following Tuesday night’s scouting trip which saw their hosts claim a 2-2 draw with St Helens Town, writes Ian Robinson.

After confirming that The Miners have a full squad available with the exception of cup tied pair Mark Simpson and Mike Thompson, Hunter told us that he was reasonably impressed with their opponents , being both well organised and physical.

Rob then gave us an insight into their opponents after revealing that he spent some time behind the scenes, which he clearly enjoyed.

“They are a great little club with some good history. I spent 20 minutes with Martin Johnston their President who has been at the club for over 30 years. He showed me some memorabilia and a bit of their history and I really enjoyed listening to the passion and dedication from him and his fellow committee members. This is grass roots at its best and in my opinion, what it’s all about; genuine, hard working and loyal to the bone. I love it. I’m really looking forward to seeing them again on Saturday although I’m hoping I leave them cursing me just a little bit.”

Clearly enthused and speaking passionately about a subject close to his heart, Rob continued to spread the good word, adding “It’s been said many times that these are voluntary workers who deserve a medal for what they do and the time they put in, but they are much more than that, they are the lifeblood of whole communities and are proud of their clubs. Seeing my own Chairman and owners doing what they do is quite humbling at times.”

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