Three fresh injuries in the last week have given Reds’ managerial duo of Danny Grainger and Terry Mitchell cause for concern ahead of Saturday’s home clash against Bootle (3pm).
Nothing new, of course, and just one of the setbacks teams have to deal with on an ongoing basis.
Bootle, now managed by Steve McNulty, will provide another tough test in Reds’ NPL West Division clash. They are currently 12th in the division having won eight and lost ten of their twenty-five matches so far.
After difficult games against leaders Macclesfield and Clitheroe, both resulting in defeat, they will be keen to get back on track at Borough Park. They had won at Macclesfield, of course, earlier in the season – a reminder of their capabilities.
The history books tell us that teams from Bootle and Workington first met 135 years ago, our debut in the FA Cup, in fact.
Meetings since have been few and far between. We did play each other in the FA Trophy in the early eighties then met in our one season in the North West Counties League. This will be the fourth meeting under the NPL banner.
Back in September, we were on equal points when we met at the Berry Street Garage Stadium but Jordan Palmer’s late, late goal secured a 1-0 win.
The game, a re-arranged match, was originally scheduled for December but postponed because of a severe frost.