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Manager Rob Hunter insists injury-ravaged Glasshoughton Welfare will display a never-say-die attitude to ensure they stay clear of the NCEL Premier Division relegation zone.
Welfare head to Parkgate on Tuesday night, three days after coming from two goals behind to draw with Liversedge. But without five players out due to injury which has forced Hunter (pictured right) to call upon members of the Reserve Team. Liam Tuck, Tom Woolard, John Hirst, Mark Stirland and Ali Wilson are all missing for Glasshoughton who have only won once since Hunter took charge in mid-December.
The Leeds Road side do have breathing space from the relegation zone with being ten points clear of Arnold, but because of the resources available, Hunter admits his side will have fight their way over finish line.
“Survival is the name of the game,” he said. “When we (Hunter and assistant Mark Smithergale) came here, we knew it would be a tough place to be to win football matches.
“I think they had lost seven or eight on the bounce when we came here. We managed to win the first game, but we had three draws in the eight games. It has been tough. We can’t compete with anyone in terms of offering players money.
“You’re almost competing against semi-professional footballers with local lads. But all you can do is get yourselves organised and make sure everyone in a Glasshoughton shirt gives everything.
“We proved that on Saturday because we were dead and buried with 20 minutes to go. We hauled ourselves back into the game and got ourselves a point. That is what is going to be like. I’ve told the lads that we have to celebrate every point we get because every point puts us further and further away from the bottom two or three teams. This will give us the opportunity to play Premier Division football next season, which is fantastic for a club like Glasshoughton.”
It took two Greig McGrory goals to secure a draw against Liversedge – a result Hunter admitted on Saturday that his side were lucky to get. And Hunter rued that if his team had performed better they would have picked up three points considering their displays against the top five.
“To be fair we have had a bad run of results, not a bad run of form,” he said.
“It is very difficult when you are trying to put a team together with no money in this league and having five players out injured. But we have played against Tadcaster Albion twice, Brighouse who are second and Bridlington who are near the top and we have put performances together against these sides.
“The disappointing with Saturday’s result was that we got a draw against a team that are sort of the same level as us. If we had put a performance together like we have done in recent matches, we probably would have beaten Liversedge. That is the frustrating thing.”