Thursday, 17 October 2013

Rob Hunter backs Glasshoughton Welfare to turn home form around

By James Grayson (Twitter: @jamesAgrayson)
Glasshoughton Welfare manager Rob Hunter is adamant that his side can overcome their inability to win at Leeds Road.
Glasshoughton have lost all six of their home games, but on the road Welfare have won five times in the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division out of ten matches.
Their home woes continued on Tuesday night when Retford United beat them 6-1, but Hunter believes they can turn their problems around.
He said: “It is difficult to say (why we can’t win at home) because we went to Albion Sports and put in a really solid performance and unfortunate not to win when we conceded in the third minute of injury-time.
“We went into the Retford game in confident mood and started the game well and then got thumped for six.
“I can’t put my finger on it. I don’t know why we have conceded so many goals at home, maybe its down to the fact that our first ten games were away from home.
“I would say we have an awful lot of home games to come and we have spent an awful lot of time travelling and we have brought a couple of new faces to the team and they haven’t really settled down yet.
“I don’t think we’re a million miles away, I’ll still back myself to get this team in the top ten, which is where I said we would be at the beginning of the season.
“We have a tough game on Saturday against Tadcaster, but after that we have a run of a lot of teams who are in similar position to ourselves. If we can put two or three performances that we have put in recent into one or two results at home then we’ll kick on.
“I believe in the character in the guys at Glasshoughton and I’m confident we can step up to the plate and turn it around. There are some good characters in the changing room – the likes of Daz Young, Alex Low and Liam Tuck and Mark and I have got to get our ideas right to try and pick the lads up for Saturday.
“Those three types of characters will help us to do that.”
Hunter has brought in former Welsh Youth International Dalton Harris recently and he had Venezuelan midfielder Hiliar Serrao in his starting line-up on Tuesday.
Serrao is currently studying in this country and Hunter said: “It’s probably a first, the South American to play for Glasshoughton Welfare, the last time a South American came to Leeds I think it was Alex Sabella!
“He’s an exciting talent, but it will take him two or three games to find himself at this level and settle down with the players.
“We saw glimpses of how fast he is and quick his feet are. I’m sure he’ll do very well for us.”
Serrao is available to play again against Tadcaster on Saturday, a game that has plenty of connections between the two teams.
Leading goalscorer Calum Ward played for Tadcaster last season, while Hunter and his assistant Smitheringale were a major part of the success Tadcaster enjoyed from 2009 to 2012.
The pair were Tadcaster manager Paul Marshall’s assistant as the club rose from the bottom of the NCEL Division One table to the top of the Premier Division.
But Hunter says: “Things have changed, it is a very different team that was there when I was involved.
“Obviously there are three or four players that are still there, the likes of Matthew Sparkes, Nick Thompson and Terry Taylor.
“There are few players from mine and Mark Smitheringale’s time there. There is also good people in the likes of Kevin Derry and Nobby Clarke, who I’ve known for years and years.
“Obviously it would be lovely to put one across Marshy.”

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