April 5, 2013 by Ben Willoughby
Venue: The Wooders Date: 6/4/13 Time: 3:00pm
It’s fourth versus fifth in the Cheshire First Division this weekend as Greenalls travel to Garswood knowing a win could really boost their league aspirations.
After winning the Guardian Cup on Monday, Greenalls will be confident ahead of tomorrow’s game, and will look to use their cup form as an inspiration for the last couple of months of the season.
Eight points separate Dave Bush’s men from Garswood, but with four games in hand the Greens know a win tomorrow would go a long way to closing the gap on the teams above them.
In selection news, Greenalls will travel without two goal hero from the final Robert Hanley, who is resting his shoulder in preparation for the league run in. His absence is likely to be filled by Craig Hoyland, who has impressed during his last couple of outings for the first team off the bench – including a 45 minute hat trick against Pilkington last weekend.
Danny Wilcock, who scored for the reserves in midweek, is also pushing for a starting place tomorrow. Greenalls only other absentee is Mike Evans, who is out long term with cruciate ligament damage.
Assistant manager Jimmy Bush gave his thoughts about tomorrow’s game; “We have 11 games left in the league. With the form we’ve shown lately we should be aiming to climb into the top three or four and if we can do that we will have achieved something considering where we were two months ago.
We’ve brought in nobody new, the recent form of both teams is down to the players efforts. We have as strong and fit of a squad as we have for a good while and competition for places will be high. The lads know this though.”
Greenalls will travel to The Wooders knowing it is not the easiest ground to play football on, the pitch has a notorious slope and becomes very bobbly over the course of the season. Bush added; “We suffered a one nil loss at Garswood last season to a freak goal when we were the better side and couldn’t finish the chances. Whereas earlier this season we won one nil to them at home where we rode our luck a lot and it could have easily have been different. I have 100% faith in this team and I’m confident for this game.”
Greenalls have now lost only one of their last eight games in all competitions, and have picked up back to back league wins – away at Crewe and home to Pilkington.
Garswood are unbeaten in six league games themselves, drawing two of those games, with their top scorer Kevin Pilton averaging a goal a game during the current spell (17 this season). A win tomorrow could take them a point behind second placed Whaley Bridge.
Two of the league’s form sides lock horns tomorrow, a win for Garswood would put them in a strong position to finish in the top four, whilst for Greenalls it’s about using the momentum of Monday and translating it into league wins to gain ground at the top.