Borough get ready to defend their trophy

DEsperate for a game, cup holders Todmorden Borough are waiting with fingers crossed to meet their bogey side.

They are due to play Milnthorpe Corinthians at Bellholme on Saturday in the first round of the West Lancashire Football League Challenge Cup.

Borough won the trophy last season - the first major trophy in their 10-year history - so will be keen to retain it.

The visitors occupy a lowly position in the league, while Borough are bidding for promotion, but the Cumbrian team have proved a bogey side in the past.

This season alone they have beaten and drawn with Borough, so will provide stern opposition.

The problem though is still the weather and it will be touch and go whether the Bellholme pitch will be playable this weekend.

But Borough’s players are itching to play and it is an important game for manager John Gilford.

Milnthorpe have proved a bogey side and Gilford says: “We just want to get that monkey off our backs.”

Obviously Borough want to retain the trophy they won last season.

But as far as Gilford is concerned - “We want to win every game we play.”

Borough have been training twice a week, but have not had a game for three weeks.

Should Saturday’s game be called off, Gilford can only see one benefit.

“It will be three weeks off Oliver Wood’s anticipated six-week lay-off for injury.”

Wood, the club and the league’s leading scorer sustained a hairline ankle fracture two weeks ago in a hastily arranged training match.