A fantastic occasion – and day out – for the players, staff and supporters of Winterton Rangers from Toolstation NCEL Division One is in prospect this Saturday; they travel across the Pennines to Greater Manchester to tackle North West Counties League side Irlam in the Third Round of the FA Vase. To make Round Four, though, Rangers – our sole remaining representative from the NCEL in the competition – will need to overcome the hosts on the very same Silver Street ground which has seen the demise of Handsworth Parramore and Hemsworth Miners Welfare in previous rounds – but Winterton Manager, Rob Watson sees the tie as the perfect opportunity to shrug off three League games without a goal, writes Colin Muncie.
Rob told the Bootiful Game, “we have been looking forward to this one and we are hoping to progress into the next round,” he told TBG. “After recent games I’m looking for a positive reaction from the lads. We’ve been training this week and are ready to get back to winning ways.”
Rob is hopeful that his players can repeat that stunning win in the Second Round. “Irlam will be a tough test,” he admitted. “We go into the game with nothing to lose and the confidence from beating second favourites Dunston UTS in the last round.”
Assistant Manager, Scott Hellewell paid tribute to the staff and volunteers at West Street and wants to reward them with a famous victory. “Saturday is a game we can go into without any pressure on us, but we know we need to be at our best to get a result there; again, it’s a team from the League above and will be a good challenge for the lads. We don’t know a lot about them – but I’m sure if we put a performance in like we are capable of then we can surprise a few; on the other hand, if we play like we did on Saturday (a home defeat to Grimsby Borough) then we could be in for a long afternoon.”
“The club deserve the run we have had as the people behind the scenes do everything possible to help the club and the lads,” Scott noted. “It’s definitely one of the better-run clubs I’ve been associated with.”
“Hopefully come 5pm on Saturday we will still be in the hat for the Last 32 draw.”
The Bootiful Game wishes Rob, Scott and everyone at Winterton Rangers every good wish this weekend.