WOOLSTON Rovers’ road to Wembley beings on Saturday afternoon when they entertain Elland in the Tetley’s Challenge Cup first round game at Monks Sports Club.
The game marks the first outing for Rovers under new head coach Lee Westwood and he will be hoping his charges can get a victory that would see them progress through to the second round and be only one game away from a date with a professional side.
Rovers, who will once again be in NCL Division Three this season, take on Halifax-based Elland who ply their trade in NCL Division Two so Westwood is fully aware his boys will need to be at their best if they wish to progress.
“This is a really good game for me to start,” he said. “I have been speaking to a few people about Elland and know that they are a well-drilled side who finished fourth in NCL Two last year.
“They will certainly provide us with a tough test and we will be fully prepared for what is going to be a hard physical encounter.
“It has been a long time since Woolston last competed in the Challenge Cup so this will be a very special day for the whole club and we are looking to have a bumper crowd to cheer us on.”
And Westwood is looking forward to his first outing in charge.
He added: “I have settled in to the job really well. I have been delighted with the reaction of all the players, coaches and staff and I am looking forward to the game.
“There are plenty of quality players at the club and we have a nice blend of youth and experience.
“We had a trial game between each other on Sunday afternoon and all of the players put in a great effort that has certainly given me a nice selection headache for this weekend.”
Admission to the 2pm kick-off is £2 for adults, £1 concessions and juniors are free.
Woolston are urging any past and new players who would like to be involved to call Nikki Whalley on 07889 170895 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.