Undefeated in Toolstation NCEL Division One since that narrow reverse at Glasshoughton Welfare back in the middle of August, seventh-placed Hallam make the thirty-odd mile trip East on the M18 to the M Pilbeam Stadium in Doncaster and a clash with the unpredictable Armthorpe Welfare, who may sit fourteenth in the table, but who have already demonstrated on more than one occasion this season that they are more than capable of upsetting the applecart. The Countrymen won a high-scoring reverse fixture in S10 early in November, so the Hallam Management team have a fair idea of what they can expect at the weekend, writes Colin Muncie.
Joint Manager, Stephen Whitehead, believes that his players are ready for the visit. “We’re looking forward to it really,” he told us. “It’s midweek, where we’ve had no fixture, so the lads will train well in preparation for the tough task ahead at Armthorpe. The lads are producing some great results at the minute – so we hope the rich vein of form carries on Saturday when the final scores are in.”
Stephen’s colleague, Scott Bates, is expecting a decent watch. “Really looking forward to it,” Scott admitted. “It should be a good game; we have to keep our little run going, which the lads know, so hopefully it’s on and we will give it our best shot – as always.”
Assistant Manager, Dean Bamforth, believes that the recent meeting of the sides provides a good guide to what may lie ahead. “All quiet this week,” Dean reported. “After a great win and performance last Saturday, we’ll train on Thursday as usual and prepare for Armthorpe. We only played them a few weeks ago so we kind of know what to expect – albeit away from home this time.”
“For us it’s about keeping momentum going, making good decisions on and off the pitch and keeping a tight-knit squad enthusiastic and energized,” Dean told us.