Calder hope for a positive result

Calder 76 are hoping a positive result in this weekend’s Skircoat Green Physiotherapy Challenge Cup first round clash with Sowerby Bridge will give the side confidence following a hit and miss start to the season.

Calder were unable to build on the derby success over Hebden Royd Red Star last Saturday when they suffered a poor 4-2 Premier Division defeat at the hands of Greetland.

Midfielder Simon Stansfield described the performance as ‘disappointing’ and as the Challenge Cup is a competition the club had targeted before the campaign began a massive improvement will be needed.

“Saturday’s game was poor all round and we deserved to lose”, said Stansfield. “We were 2-0 down after 10 minutes. They were straight on top of us and we struggled to compete.

“Ricky Topham pulled a goal back before the break, but to be honest we were fortunate to be stil in the game. That was the only positive we could take at that stage.

“We have a good squad - in fact I would say it is the best ever in terms of quality and strength. However, we need a kick up the backside and hopefully we can put things right against Sowerby Bridge.”

Stansfield refused to pull himself out of the firing line, admitting that he was at fault for two of Greetland’s goals.

He also revealed he is unavailable for this Saturday and would relish a fight to get his place back.

“Twice I let their lad just run straight through me for two of their goals,” said Stansfield. “It was one of the worst games I have ever played.

“I am away this Saturday and I don’t know whether that is a good thing or not.

“Sowerby Bridge are a good footballing side. We played them in pre-season so know what qualities they possess.

“We are looking for a good run in this competition. We reached the final of the Halifax Cup two season ago so it is something we are capable of.

“I would have liked to have been involved but if somebody comes in and does a good job then I am fine with that.

“I’d just rather the team be winning because that is the most important thing.”