It’s a return to Barr Field for Daniel Marshall’s side this weekend as Cup action, in the form of the West Yorkshire League Cup, descends upon us and our visitors Otley Town. Kick-Off for this game is at 2pm and looking at the weather app, we should be in for quite a pleasant day with plenty of sunny intervals forecast!
We secured a much needed three points last weekend, thanks to Danny Grannon’s 93rd minute winner, in a see-saw of a game against Leeds Modernians that saw us 2-0 down after six minutes only to be pegged back to 3-3 in the 87th minute, fortunately we have a real never say die attitude in the club at the moment and cometh the final whistle, cometh the goal thanks to our former Colwyn Bay man!
It is that attitude that we will be looking to replicate in the game on Saturday against a team that we know from playing before this season will be extremely difficult to breakdown. Even though we ran out 4-1 winners of that game thanks to a brace from Jake Young and goals from Roman Neal and Joe Wilks, they are a very capable side who will certainly pose a challenge to us and any hopes we have of progressing in this competition. Away from their Old Show Ground home, they have only managed to gain 2 points out of a possible 12 so far. This is been achieved by two draws and two defeats. Goal wise, they have scored 3 times (avg. 0.75 goals per game) and conceded 9 (avg. 2.25 goals per game). Looking at the stats, Luke Stainthorpe is their dangerman with three goals to his name.
The winners of this game will face Robin Hood Athletic of the Premier Division. Robin Hood, who currently sit in 9th position, were handed a bye through the first round.
The referee for this match will be Mr Mick Spicer. This will be Mr Spicer’s seventh game in charge this season and the second tie that he has refereed a game feature us, as he was the man in the middle during our 2-0 defeat against Boroughbridge AFC in August. On that occasion he flashed two yellow cards, both to us with Josh Barden and Jack Cheetham being the recipients. Overall it looks like he has issued 14 yellows and two red cards during these six previous games! We hope that Mr Spicer has a pleasant time whilst he is at Barr Field.
Please come on down and support local football. Our club house will be open from around 1pm and serving a good selection of both alcoholic and soft beverages. You are guaranteed a warm welcome and that is certainly extended to the players, officials and fans of Otley Town.
Please remember that our collection box for Prostate Cancer UK will be at the bar and if you would like to donate, any amount will be greatly appreciated!