With both sides denied an outcome at Silver Street by electrical problems, Irlam head East to West Street in Scunthorpe to resume hostilities with Toolstation NCEL Division One side Winterton Rangers in the Third Round of the FA Vase on Saturday – and Irlam Manager, Michael Dodd, feels that his side didn’t do themselves justice in that truncated home clash last weekend, writes Colin Muncie.
“The situation with the floodlights on Saturday was disappointing for everyone,” Michael admitted. “We were obviously gutted that we didn’t have the chance to come out in the second-half at home in front of our fans, and improve on our first half showing. I think it is the first time the club has ever had to abandon a game due to this issue. I can only say it is a good thing that neither side was in a clear lead at the time!”
“In terms of the game itself, to be honest we weren’t really at the races, but still looked solid and secure as we usually do,” was Michael’s assessment to TBG. “Despite Winterton having a bit more joy with the ball, neither team really created any chances of note and the game was set up for a big second half. I expect another tight game on Saturday, but I believe we will be much better than we showed last week. The boys feel a bit frustrated by their performance last week and can see the confidence coming from the Winterton players and staff; so, they are determined to put things right.”
Michael’s playing options have taken a turn for the better as the week has progressed. “We welcome back a couple of missing players from the weekend, who will certainly boost our squad as we look forward to the journey to Winterton,” he reported, “and to the unbelievable facilities they have told us about.”
“It isn’t that long of a journey to Scunthorpe – and we can’t wait to get there and get going.”