Golcar United bid to reach the second round of the FA Vase for the first time in their history on Saturday (October 22) as they look to get a win to bounce into their inconsistent league form. 

Joint boss Gav Connor is looking for his side to have a good cup run this campaign and the Weavers start off with a trip into the unknown to face West Didsbury & Chorlton (3.00).

Connor said: “We treat every game with importance and good cup results create momentum and that’s something we are desperate to have.” 

Asked if the FA Vase provided a nice distraction from the league, Connor replied: “Not really. I think when we lose we are all desperate to get back into action ASAP to make amends for the previous result.

“They’ll be a very good team and we expect it to be a difficult game. They too got promoted last season and have started well in the North West Counties Premier Division this season.”

Action from the Skye Direct Stadium: Image by: SEAN DOYLE

Last time out Golcar were beaten 2-1 at home by Frickley which leaves them 16th in the league. Connor said: “It was a disappointing result and again another game where the performance didn’t really reflect the result.

“We created chances and felt hard done by in not getting anything from the game. Credit to Frickley, though, they took their chances and defended well. The key word is consistency – and taking your chances is a must in this league.”

In the last week there have been a couple of changes to the squad, with one player going out and another coming in.

The departing player is club hero Ben Burnett, the man who scored some golden goals for the club including the one which saw them promoted in May.

Connor said: “Obviously he’s scored lots of vital goals for us so he’s very much been an icon at the club. Ben, or Sippy as we all know him, is a fantastic lad on and off the pitch.

“He will always be remembered at Golcar for what he’s done. The goals he has scored have proven to be the most important in the club’s history.

“Unfortunately with Ben he wasn’t getting the game time he wanted and he felt it best that he went to get game time elsewhere. 

“In football players come and go, they move on and Ben has decided that the time has come for him to move on. Everyone at Golcar wishes him all the very best and he will always be welcome at Golcar.” 

Coming in is highly-rated midfielder Sam Essien on loan from FC Halifax Town. Connor added: “We are glad to have Sam Essien on board with us. We are looking forward to working with him.”