Michael Ellison details Bank Holiday reaction as Widnes face Emley AFC FA Cup challenge

Widnes manager Michael Ellison celebrates 22-23

Michael Ellison says the prospect of facing Emley AFC in the FA Cup isn’t being taken lightly by Widnes.

The Whites continued their fine form this season, picking up maximum points from their Bank Holiday outings.

They hit Hednesford Town for five before inflicting disappointment on former manager Dave Dempsey’s Clitheroe side.

“Before the weekend, we’d have definitely took the four points,” he told Off The Park. “Saturday’s game was really big for us, we told the lads that before the game, getting the three points took the pressure off going to Clitheroe.

“It was two different types of performances, Saturday we were on the front foot, pressing high and that’s what we’ve done in all our home games.

“We had to play a different type of game [vs Clitheroe] because we wouldn’t have had the energy, they were two different types of performances, both really good and I thought we were the better side in both games.

“I’m delighted to earn six points, I’d have taken four, it was a good weekend for us all-in-all.”

Emley stand in the way of a place in the Second Qualifying Round for Widnes. National League North clubs enter the competition at that stage and the opportunity poses a chance to earn revenue for the club.

They saw off the challenge of North West Counties side Lower Breck in the last round, after Avro were kicked out of the FA Cup for fielding in ineligible player.

Injuries are a lingering problem at the DCBL Stadium, irrespective of their treatment table troubles, Widnes are looking to progress and Ellison insists the challenge isn’t being taken lightly.

He said: “It’s a competition we want to do well in, I’m hoping we can get a couple in so we can rotate or get a couple back from injury.

“We had four out before the weekend and we’ve got two more unavailable. They’re a good side, we’ve got lots of info on them, they’ve got players we’ve come across before, they’ve got goals in them and they are a very good side.

“We are certainly not taking them lightly, we know it’s going to be a really tough test, whatever team they put out there, we’ll have to do well and we’ll have to be at our best, we’re under no illusions, we’re certainly not going into it taking them lightly.

“We’re at home and we have to be on the front foot, when teams come to us we have to make it as hard as we can.”

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