Division One’s bottom side FC Bolsover are looking to do the double over Glasshoughton Welfare at The TJ ‘s Travel Arena this weekend and make it seven games unbeaten, writes Ian Robinson.
It was a 3-2 victory over Glassy in early December that finally got the ball rolling this season for Bolsover and they’ve hardly looked back since. With latest signing Adam Lee on board, Manager Matt Chatfield is still talking up the ‘great escape’.
“After a weekend of no football, we get going again against a Glasshoughton side who will be full of confidence after their result last week. I feel that we’ve prepared well in training and have a good selection of players to pick from, but for me it’s all about how we apply ourselves to the first half, as we have been very poor in recent weeks and I want us firing from the start instead of at half time.
Like every game now, we must be going to look to take points off every team we play until the end of the season if we are to do the great escape!”
Whilst joint Glassy manager Darre Holmes said, “Just one defeat in their last 7 games is not the form of a side at the bottom of the table. In all honesty when we travelled over there at the start of December I think the lads just thought they needed to turn up and the points were in the bag.
“At that time, FC Bolsover didn’t even have a single point on the board and no matter how many times you tell the boys to be wary of the threat, its natural they look at the league table and think today should be straight forward.
“Well, it certainly didn’t turn out that way and although we weren’t anywhere near our best on the day we were well and truly beaten by the better side. We certainly won’t underestimate them this time around and will need to be prepared to match their work rate and physicality, something we failed to do in December.
“From our camp, we’ll go into this game full of confidence having beaten a strong Selby Town side last week. We were made to work extremely hard for the entire 90 minutes and what made it even better was the fact we had a few players missing in key positions. Skipper Gaz Hunter needed to slot back into centre half where he was strong alongside MoM Adam Walsh with the impressive Craig Tonkinson filling the holding midfield role.
“Young Isaac Collier had an impressive debut at full back so there’s certainly a selection dilemma for myself, Darren and Richard after training on Thursday night. We’re hopeful Sam Pashley could be fit again with Joe Hitch and Ben Harley both also available after missing last weeks win.”
Whilst joint manager Darren Holmes added, “We fully expect a hard game Saturday. We never underestimate our appounants and after our very poor performance away earlier in the season we will be doing our uttmost to put that right.
“A number of our players just didn’t perform and we hope they will be eiger to right that.Bolsover are vastly improved from the start of the season and 7th in the recent form table well above us.Something we are well aware of.
“We are still missing a couple of players due to injury but the lads that have come in over the last 2 to 3 games have been excellent.
“We had a fantastic win last week over Selby and will be looking to improve in a couple of areas and again build on that performance.Again looking forward to Saturday and hope we beat the weather.”