Hoppers hoping to ‘escape’ to victory

Head coach Paul Arnold is hoping to be available for the crunch game against Lymm
Head coach Paul Arnold is hoping to be available for the crunch game against Lymm

There is no ‘escape’ for Preston Grasshoppers this week despite the fact that there is a blank in the fixture list tomorrow.

Although the players have no match to prepare, their teamwork skills and problem-solving abilities were still put to the test last night.

The squad as a whole paid a visit to Escape Room, situated in Aqueduct Street, in Preston.

The interactive and intuitive real-life game, sees a group of two to six people locked in a room, where they are handed 60 minutes to solve challenging puzzles to escape the room.

Arnold said: “The whole squad went to the Escape Room. It was a really good night and was great for team bonding. Afterwards we went for something to eat and drink.

“We have a really good spirit and I want to keep that going.”

Arnold – who took control of the team this summer – can certainly be happy with life at the moment after guiding the club to the top of the North Premier.

They have won nine and drawn one of their first 10 games to head the table – two points clear of next weekend’s opponents Lymm, who like Hoppers are unbeaten so far this season.

“It’s a case of so far, so good,” said Arnold. “I am pretty happy with where we are – we’ve only dropped three points.

“We have been really happy with the results and the performances have been getting better week by week.”

Meanwhile, Arnold is hoping to be available for the visit of Lymm to Lightfoot Green despite being sent off in last week’s win over Harrogate.

The coach reacted strongly to seeing a Harrogate player spitting in the direction of one of his men.

The referee adjudged Arnold to have barged an opponent in the back, although the coach believes he has video evidence to prove that his actions did not warrant a red card.

He is hoping the sending off will be overturned at a hearing next week.

Vale of Lune, too, should have been putting their feet up, but instead face a rearranged trip to the Cumbrian coast after the game at St Benedicts was called off on October 28 due to a waterlogged pitch.

Vale will probably be glad of the opportunity to get their North One West title campaign back on track after their first defeat of the season, at home to Manx side Douglas last Saturday.