Darren Holmes is backing Glasshoughton Welfare to mount an assault on the top six in the Toolstation NCEL Division One table.
Joint managers Holmes and Lee Vigars are heading into their first season since taking charge of Glasshoughton in 2016 where they have kept hold of the majority of their squad so hopes are high they can continue last season’s great form.
“Unfortunately every year we’ve had to build a new squad, but we’re quite fortunate that we haven’t had to do that this year because we have retained most of the lads from last season,” Holmes told Non League Yorkshire.
“If we can get off to a good start which is key then we’ll be pushing again for top six.
“Last season we got about three points after ten games which was terrible. If we’d started well we’d have been near the top of the league (by the time the season was expunged).
“I definitely don’t see us as a bottom half side. I think there’s a lot of money being thrown around this year and there’s three or four that on paper they’re down to run away with it.
“But we’ll keep doing what we do best. We’ll work hard as a team and unit and keep seeing what we can do. Every season we try and aim for promotion or certainly top six and that’s what’ll be aiming for again.”
Glasshoughton begin their Division One campaign on Saturday when they visit Bradford-based Campion. It is a local trip compared to some they will face.
Given the global pandemic, some have called for localised leagues to cut down on travelling for one season only and Holmes admits he has given that some thought.
“None of us like travelling and none want to be travelling long distances like Skegness and places like that,” he said.
“We’d all prefer not to be. I’ve thought about the fact there’s enough local teams to make up a league, but how do you tell ‘Liversedge or others’ who have higher up that they’re going to be in a Division with teams from the league below?
“I think we just need to start the season and see what happens.”
Glasshoughton’s First Five Fixtures
19th September – Campion (A)
26th September – Armthorpe Welfare (A)
29th September – Hall Road Rangers (H)
3rd October – Skegness Town (A)
6th October – North Ferriby (H)
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