We’re Gonna Win The Cup! – Ossett Town’s run continues
Prior to Town’s “round of 16” match at home to Darlington 1883, Ossett tweeted that Darlington were sending a team to Ingfield for the match. That’s very gracious of them, I thought and I rather unhelpfully tweeted my suggestion that Town contact Darlington and ask them if they wouldn’t mind awfully sending their under 7’s. As it transpired, Darlington did field a youthful team with, I am led to believe, not too many, if any, first team regulars on the sheet. In fact none of the starting eleven from their last match were included in the team and I’m sure one of their substitutes had to put away his homework before coming off the bench in the second half.
Does all this mean that a team of Darlington’s stature is not taking the cup seriously? Well, possibly, but it also can be considered good practice to give young and less experienced players a chance to pit themselves against the first team of a side like Town who play in the league below. Also, a quick look at the Evo Stik Premier Division shows that Darlington are hot on the heels of front-runners, Blyth Spartans. They currently lie in third place, 11 points adrift of Blyth but have 4 games in hand. I think therein lies the answer as to why the Quakers played second string players and who can blame them. Not me.
In an entertaining match, Ossett Town played especially well as a team, building on the positive signs shown in their previous match at home to Radcliffe Borough and, this time, getting the win their play deserved. The highlight undoubtedly being Lyn’s 30 yard strike on 74 minutes which made it 3-0 and put the game out of the Quakers reach.
Although not in charge for this game, newly appointed manager, Grant Black, was in attendance and I would imagine he was pretty pleased with what he saw. I certainly was. I’d almost forgotten what it was like to see a home win. It was their first one since those heady glory days of early September 2015 when Town won 2-0 against Scarborough Athletic on a Tuesday night having also won at home the previous Saturday 1-0 against Trafford. Those two wins on the bounce representing the pinnacle of Town’s performance this season.. so far!
With new players on the way in, I would imagine many of the existing ones are looking over their shoulders and, if the last two matches are anything to go by, that’s not a bad thing at all. Many of the players are now stepping up to the plate and there is a noticeable desire which has not been present in recent times.
There was also an added bonus for Town this week when Harrogate Railway Athletic lost 4-0 at home to Spennymoor on the Monday night leaving them still two points adrift of Town but now with just the one match in hand.
Could the tide be turning?… as I said in my last post, time will tell.