Hallam put their outstanding Toolstation NCEL Division One form to one side on Tuesday evening as they head off on the M18 to Doncaster and a Sheffield and Hallamshire Senior Cup Third Round tie at Division One colleagues Harworth Colliery – and Assistant Manager, Dean Bamforth is hoping to extend the Countrymen’s run in the competition, writes Colin Muncie.
“It’s a tricky tie away at Harworth but we’re looking forward to it,” Dean admitted. “The pitch is usually good – albeit it wasn’t the best last time I was there watching an Under 21’s game. It’s not too far, and with the teams that have gone out we feel it’s a great opportunity to keep our consistency going and progress. The score at ours (Hallam won a League encounter 5-1 in September) probably didn’t do them justice and they’ve had a couple of decent results, although, unfortunately for them, they just got pipped on Saturday.”
“One thing’s for sure – we’ll be as strong as we can be.”
Joint Manager Scott Bates is keen to see his players hit the ground running at Scrooby Road. “It’s another big cup game for us, one that we really want to do well in,” he told us. “I’m looking for a bright start from ourselves; I know the lads will be up for it, and it’s a game we are looking forward to.”
In the opposite technical area will be Harworth Manger Lee Needham, who admits that the League is his principal focus. “The Cup is not our priority, but it will give the opportunity for a few lads and also some players that haven’t been playing to get some much-needed game-time.”
“I am sure Hallam – as always – will be strong; but I would imagine they will also be focused on pushing for promotion and won’t want to pick up any injuries.”