It must have seemed like a long time coming, but last weekend, eleventh-placed Glasshoughton Welfare brought their recent run of disappointing results to an end with that fine, come-from-behind home win over Toolstation NCEL Division One title-contenders Grimsby Borough. This Saturday, they’ll look to build on that win when they make the treacherous journey to the Fast Frame Stadium at Walesby Lane to tackle sixteenth-placed Ollerton Town; and Glassy’s Joint Manager’s took the time to reflect on last week’s s win, and on the threat posed by Dave Winter’s players, writes Colin Muncie.
Joint Manager, Lee Vigars told TBG, “we are looking to back up last week’s superb result against Grimsby with another positive performance this weekend against Ollerton Town. I can’t lie and say there wasn’t any pressure on the management team prior to last week, because when you go so long without a win there always is. But we tried our best to keep that pressure away from the boys and just allow them to go out and play with the freedom we want them to – which showed in the performance, as it has done for a number of weeks now. To come back from 2-0 down and get the win against arguably the best side in the Division not only shows quality, but also real character from every single one of them who we knew were up for the battle. That result had been coming for a while and hopefully now we can kick on.”
Recalling the goalless draw at the TJ’s on the weekend before Christmas, Lee is hoping that his side are more clinical in front of goal this weekend, although his team won’t be at full strength. “We only played Ollerton a few weeks ago at home and both sides that day had key players missing so the way we line up on Saturday could again be different,” he reminded TBG. “It was a game we should have won comfortably, in all honesty, with the number of chances we created that day, but their goalkeeper had an outstanding afternoon and saved or cleared everything thrown at him. I hope he has an off-day this weekend!”
“Unfortunately for us, we travel with a number of players unavailable from the win last week, but we know the lads coming in will be up for the challenge and will aim to keep hold of the starting shirts going forward.”
Lee’s colleague Darren Holmes is also optimistic that last weekend was the start of a good run for his side. “We’re hoping to carry on where we left off after the great fight back and win against Grimsby last Saturday,” Darren told TBG. “Ollerton is always a tough place to go and we expect no less on Saturday. We do have a couple of players unavailable which is very frustrating but the lads that come in have the opportunity to show us what they can do. Every game has to be played with the same tempo as the second half last week and the lads know what’s required and the bar is reset.”
“As always I’m looking forward to the game as I know the lads are,” Darren admitted. “We’re looking for the fine margins talked about over the last few weeks to now swing back in our favour – and we can push back up the League where we should be playing our football.”