March 8, 2013 by Ben Willoughby
Venue: Cumberland Sports Arena Date: 09/03/12 Kick-Off: 3:00pm
Greenalls PSO travel to Crewe tomorrow as they look to build on their Guardian Cup semi-final win against Rainhill last weekend.
Dave Bush’s men will look to use Ben Slater’s dramatic winner as a turning point in their league campaign, knowing that a victory tomorrow could take them up to fifth place and above their hosts.
There is a double boost in the Greenalls’ back line, as Jon Shakeshaft returns after missing the cup tie last weekend and Paul Dobson returns to full fitness having come off the bench against Rainhill.
Mike Evans also returns to the fold as he was unavailable last week and Slater is fit after suffering a slight calf strain.
Striker Robbie Hanley looks set to be sidelined for four weeks with a dislocated shoulder, but Bush has plenty of competition in attack, with both Craig Hoyland and Danny Wilcock pushing for first team action after impressive cameos in last week’s comeback.
Scott Owen’s involvement will be touch and go up until kick off, as he tries to shake off a hamstring complaint.
The Greens league form is patchy, but there is still an opportunity for them to climb the league. A victory tomorrow can apply pressure to the top four clubs, the Greens got a measure of fourth placed Middlewich two weeks ago as they lost out despite plenty of pressure in the match. Although they trail them by nine points, it’s important to note that Bush’s men do have six games in hand on Middlewich.
Crewe, who sit in sixth and two points above PSO, have an opportunity to overtake Eagle who entertain runaway leaders Knutsford tomorrow.
You get the sense that a point wouldn’t help either teams’ cause tomorrow as both are aspiring to break into the top four. Greenalls will hope that they can replicate their cup form and pick up three points at the Cumberland Sports Arena.