Barnton player-manager Danny Meadowcroft says that his side will now be turning their attention back on collecting league points, after clinching a place in the final of the Reusch First Division Challenge Trophy last Saturday.
In just his fifth game in charge, Danny steered his side to a penalty shoot out win over Stockport Town, after the sides were tied at 0-0 after extra time, and the Villagers now face some important league fixtures before they face Hanley Town in the final on April 19th.
But for now, Danny is pleased that his side came through Saturday’s game, which provided excellent entertainment for the watching spectators.
“It was a good game, even though it was 0-0 there were chances”, he said. “Defences cancelled each other out and there were no costly mistakes at the back which can quite often happen at this level and cost games.
“It was surprising the game was a goalless draw, especially when you have got two of the top four teams in the league, and two of the leading goalscorers in the league were playing too.
“The way we started it just wasn’t us, and I had a word at half time and told the lads they needed to improve.
“I thought in the second half, we grew into the game but when extra time came and we had chance after chance I was thinking that these were good chances and we just couldn’t seem to find the net.
“Then the penalties came, and it becomes a lottery then. But we’ve done it now, and we can wait until the final before we think about it, because that is in the distance.
“it’s a really good cup tie, having Hanley in the final. They have not been at the top of the league all season for nothing, they are a good team with probably the best striker in the league.
“They beat us twice, 1-0 both times, so I think we owe them one and have got a bit of revenge to dish out, and it would be nice to do it in a cup final”.
But for now, attention turns to league matters, and having been pushed out of one of the automatice promotion positions on Saturday while in cup action, due to Irlam’s win over Litherland REMYCA, Danny is looking for his side to react positively to the challenge of clinching a promotion place.
“Hopefully, this (win on Saturday) will kick start a bit of a run for us”, he said.
“I have been in charge for five games and we are unbeaten in five, so the momentum is important. Winning breeds confidence, and it is nice that we can put the cup final to the side, and now it’s just a case of looking forward to the league games we have got coming up.
“We need to put as much pressure as we can on Irlam and Hanley. Hopefully they will slip up at some point, and obviously that is a big game on Tuesday coming up between those two, and a draw in that game would be nice for us”.