While most teams kicked off their 2017/18 football season, Armthorpe Welfare began their FA Cup journey last Saturday, which ended one a piece against Liversedge.

Within 29 minutes of the game, Liversedge took the lead in this cup game, but Armthorpe didn’t give up – they kept on trying.

Their efforts eventually paid off, after a screamed from Will Ramsay, who volleyed home the equalising goal from 30 yards out. This goal turned out to be crucial in the outcome because it now means Armthorpe will have a replay against Liversedge this coming Tuesday, so their FA Cup dream lives on for a few more days –  at least.

Reacting to this result was Armthorpe manager, Mike Carmody, who had the following to say, “I thought Liversedge started much better than us. They were on the front foot and had the better of the opening exchanges whereas we started very tentatively and looked a little nervous.” he began by explaining.

“We didn’t do the simple things well enough and created our own problems, something that can be expected for the first competitive game of the season when people want to impress.

“Our own mistakes cost us in the first half and we deserved to go a goal down.” Carmody reflects.

“I do think the swirling wind was a factor in the first half and we knew Liversedge would have the same problems coming in the second period.

“We certainly improved in the second half and grew into the game which was really pleasing.

“We kept plugging away and created numerous chances.” he said.

“The goal we scored will take some beating this season – a superb volley from distance from Will Ramsay that flew into the net.” Carmody praises Ramsay’s sublime effort.

“All in all I was pleased with the performance. We showed grit and determination to stay in the game and could maybe have snatched it late on, creating three good scoring opportunities and hitting the post. On reflection, in my opinion, it was a fair result.”

Carmody concluded by saying, “We now get another crack away at Liversedge on Tuesday evening which will be another big test against a very good Premier Division team.

“One thing we now have in the squad is a real togetherness and willingness to battle to the end so it will make for another interesting game.”