Away support lifts Town

Ernest Boafo
Ernest Boafo

After their FA Cup exploits over the Bank Holiday weekend its back to the bread butter of league action this coming weekend.

On Saturday Town entertain Burscough (3pm) and then on Monday night they welcome New Mills (7.45) who were reprieved in a league reshuffle after finishing one place above relegated Padiham.

Burscough, who finished one place below Town in the Evo-Stik Division One North last season, come to the Dual Seal Stadium in a rich vein of form.

The Linnets, under manager Derek Goulding, beat AFC Emley 3-1 in their FA Cup preliminary-round tie last Satuday and in the league after losing their first two games 2-1 to Lancaster City and Kendal Town, they have not lost.

They defeated Warrington Town 4-1, drew 1-1 with Ossett Albion and then won their cup game. They should have been playing Bamber Bridge on Monday but the Preston-based club had an FA Cup replay to play Tuesday night with Mossley.

Town manager Paul Quinn will not have skipper Leon Henry for either game owing to his hamstring injury picked up in the first tie with Atherton Collieries but striker Delroy Facey could be back, midfielder James Hurtley after his rib injury and full-back Chris Fisher is now clear of his two-match suspension but was carrying a knee injury.

Quinn right now has a big squad to select from and has even allowed young striker Connah Judson to join Nostell on loan and Tom Robinson, where they have both been scoring goals.

New Mills have had a disastrous start to the new campaign, losing all of their six games so, five in the league and last Saturday went down 1-0 against Doncaster club Armthorpe Welfare from the NCEL Premier Division.

They have shipped in 16 goals in their games with Scarborough Athletic, Northwich Victoria, Droyslden, Ossett Albion and on Monday in their Derbyshire derby game against new boys Glossop North End.

Manager Keith Briggs appears to have a major task in turning the Millers around but his opposite number Paul Quinn says he will be emphasising to his players it doesn’t happen on Monday night.

Town’s manager was very pleased with the team’s performance at Atherton on Monday afternoon which sees them into the first qualifying round of the FA Cup on Saturday week at home to Durham club Newton Aycliffe.

He said the replayed tie was a great response to a poor performance on the Saturday against the Colls and its games like this that pushes all the squad on in the season ahead.

“I thought we coped well with the difficult conditions today and gave a fantastic performance. It was a gutsy FA Cup tie and we showed great composure to beat them.

“I thought Danny Illingworth was outstanding in his first game for us. He did get some game time last Friday for the Development team and he won everything in the air, and the other lads in the back four, Will Tolley, Sam Hewitt and Adam Wilson were also strong and on their game.

“They threw everything at us in the last 20 minutes but we defended well and Tom Robinson, who I threw on, covered some ground, as did Kurt Harris and Tom Haigh.

“I was delighted with our away support today and I hope we can build on that. I know the lads appreciate their vocal support and it lifts their game.

“It was good to see them all by the changing rooms clapping and cheering them off and the players also responding in turn.”