Reid ready for tough cup trips

Joe Danby on the ball for Brid Town last season in training
Joe Danby on the ball for Brid Town last season in training

JIMMY Reid feels that his side will have to carry on regardless, despite being drawn away in both the FA Cup and the FA Vase.

The Pikes will be on the road at Jarrow Roofing in the FA Cup’s extra preliminary round on August 11, while they will then travel to Billingham Town in the FA Vase almost a month later.

Should Pickering progress then they will face up to Farsley at home in the cup and Durham City at Mill Lane in the Vase.

Reid said: “It is disappointing that we are away in both the FA Cup and the FA Vase, they are both tough games as well.

“We will be looking to progress in at least one of them though, if you can get a draw up there then we will have the opportunity to play them at our place, which will make a big difference.

“You always have to play clubs from the Northern League in this stage of the competition, they are always strong and much of a muchness.

“We are re-grouping at the moment and much of it depends on how strong we will be, things are looking positive at the moment though.”

Reid has already moved to bring in three players to combat the blow of losing Russell Parker, Matty Turnbull, Tommy Adams and Joel Ramm.

He added: “I have said before that losing these lads was a blow, but we are replacing them gradually.

“Dean Craig has joined up, so has another former Pickering player Joe Danby, who has been down training. We have also signed Liam Shepherd as well, so we are getting there.

“I probably want another three or four players to get us to where we want to be.

“The good thing is the fact that we do have a lot of players moving through from the under-19s set-up.

“Lewis Taylor and Eddie Cass will both be pushing for a place in the starting line-up and there are others who can do similar.”