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HERRICK: “Whatever eleven we put out we’ll be competitive!”

So, to another weekend of attention-grabbing headlines, totally unprovoked attacks on officials and uninformed drivel here at Kendall Towers – and all for nowt too – as the Bootiful Game begins its preview of a busy weekend of FA Vase and Toolstation NCEL League Action.

First stop is Bottesford Town, who travel to table–topping Yorkshire Amateur on Saturday after that extra-time League Cup defeat to Albion Sports last night. Poachers Assistant Manager, Leigh Herrick, gave TBG an update on the side’s selection options before the trip to Leeds – and for those of you familiar with the unkindest cut of all, look away now, writes Colin Muncie.

Leigh provided a forensic analysis of the status of the Ontario Road playing staff, admitting that it’ll be a tough ask at the Southerns Stadium. ”We go to Ammers on Saturday knowing it will be a tough game – again. We need to see who’s available and who isn’t. One definitely out is Wayne Graves who’s had the snip yesterday so that’ll probably mean Pembo (Martin Pembleton) won’t be available either as he’ll be nursing Gravo back to fitness. Our number six at Albion Sports last night was compared to Mel Sterland so, being in Leeds, it would be a big positive if he’s fit to play again.”

Leigh is well aware that his side have enough to get a positive result in West Yorkshire. “On a serious note, one thing is for sure, and that is whatever eleven we put out we’ll be competitive,” he said. “We will look to build on recent League results with only 1 defeat in the last 8; and we still haven’t found our best performances collectively yet.”

Leigh had words of encouragement for the NCEL sides in knockout action on Saturday, “I would like to add good luck from us all at Bottesford Town to the remaining NCEL teams in action in the Vase this weekend,” he said.

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