Having just faced Esh in the league twelve days ago at home, we now travel to West Terrace to face them again in the second round of the Ernest Armstrong Memorial Cup. The last game was one to forget for the Hoops as two injury time goals from our opponents consigned us to a 4-0 defeat. Based on our performance that day, it was a game we deserved to lose, no doubt about it, however the scoreline was a little flattering.
Birtley's second half performance against Northallerton on Saturday was something to be positive about, coming back from 3-0 down at half time to score two second half goals in a game where we could have nicked an equaliser just as much as our hosts that day could have added to their tally.
This is the last competition that both teams are still in so both sides will be going for it. Considering Esh had no competitive fixture on Saturday, they should perhaps be a little fresher going into the game. As Birtley don't have a fixture on November 10th we will be showing our respects to those who gave their lives in conflict by wearing a poppy on our shirts.
If you want to come along tonight and support the lads, the postcode for the ground is DH7 9BQ. The game kicks off at 7:30pm and as it must be concluded on the night, if the scores remain level after 90 minutes, it will be decided on penalties! We hope to see you there.