Glennon hoping for good cup run

Actions from the FA Cup second qualifying round, Haliafx Town v Abbey Hey at The Shay
Actions from the FA Cup second qualifying round, Haliafx Town v Abbey Hey at The Shay
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TOWN keeper Matt Glennon believes the Shaymen have enough talent on board to mount a serious FA Cup run to rival last season’s memorable campaign.

The 33-year-old stopper, who has around 500 career appearances under his belt, was largely a spectator as the players in front of him went on to record a 6-0 success over North West Counties League Division One side Abbey Hey at the Shay last weekend.

He was well-placed to see the action unfolding in front of him and how his colleagues bided their time before delivering a series of knockout blows.

Glennon is experienced enough to know that their next test - against either Chester or Gainsborough Trinity, whose scheduled replay on Wednesday night was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch - will offer a much sterner test.

“I have had some fantastic times in the FA Cup, played through the rounds and drawn some big clubs,” said Glennon, who counts Bradford City and Huddersfield Town among a number of previous professional clubs.

“It is still the competition players want to be involved in.

“There is a long way to go to get to the first round, but we have got a team full of potential league players so we will hold our own against whoever we play.”

Last season Town battled through to a televised first round clash with then League One leaders Charlton Athletic at the Shay where they gave a good account of thenselves before bowing out to a 4-0 defeat.

Town were always expected to beat Abbey Hey last Saturday, but the minnows did themselves proud by holding the Shaymen at bay for most of the first half before being hit by two goals just before the break.

During the stalemeate, the Manchester side threatened to create chances for lively front man Martin Pilkington, but Glennon was able to deal with any threat comfortably.

“It was like every game. I may not have had a lot of saves to make but there was a lot of kicking, coming off my line and crosses to deal with so there was always plenty to do,” he said.

“Just because I was not diving around like an idiot I was still having to concentrate and work hard to make sure they didn’t get any chances and also to keep a clean sheet.

“I have played long enough now to know that it could be the first or the last minute where you are forced into making an important save.

“The previous week against Gloucester it was the final minute where I made my most crucial save of the game to keep a clean sheet. Against Abbey Hey it was in the first minute and that was about it really.”

Glennon was impressed by the way Abbey Hey conducted themselves, but insisted Town’s quality would always shine through.

“Obviously Abbey Hey play a long way below us and fitness, and that extra bit of quality, always comes into it,” added Glennon

“We are a team looking to eventually hold our own in the Conference and then the Football League - we’re not looking down we are looking up.

“They had had a couple of little sniffs which we weren’t happy with but then the quality came through.

“We scored two very good goals just before half-time. I have played in games like that when the opposition score just before the break when you have been under the cosh and that would have been gut-wrenching for them.

“But we came out for the second half with all guns blazing and there was only going to be one result.”