As the days tick down towards a semi-final in the JW Hunt Cup, Dan Lomas has been talking about the game as well as the season as a whole. It has been a season filled with ups and downs for City who ended the season in 11th place in the league. Despite this, the season still has a chance for a happy ending with some silverware. OJM Black Country await in the semi-final and Lomas was under no illusion of the challenge ahead: “They’re a good outfit. They’ll be up for it playing against a team in a higher division. “They are used to winning this season, they know how to win games. They’ve got good players that I know of already. “We’re fully aware of how tough OJM are going to be.” It looked like it wasn’t to be for the striker, discovering the game would be at the same time as his best friend’s wedding leaving the striker dejected: “I was devastated. Close to tears.” Emotions changed for the better following a date change: “I was absolutely buzzing when I got that text saying it had been moved.” DLo reflected on the ‘tough’ season which he hopes will fuel the fire and push them forward to get to the final: “It’s been a tough season, finishing third last season and this season. “There’s been bad performances but to end the season with a league cup would be great. “We want to end the season on a high. We’re desperate to win something.” The final will be played at Premier League stadium, Molineux, providing an added incentive for the winner of the semi-final. “A chance to play at Molineux in the final. Those days don’t always come around. “At my age, I might not get many more chances to play at these sorts of grounds.” The number of injuries suffered throughout the season has been a constant problem for Ivor Green’s side, halting any consistency and resulting in wholesale changes week after week. Lomas reflected on his own time on the side-lines and how it has affected his and the team’s season: “Personally it has been a tough season with my knee injury, being out for 16 weeks but the league position is still tough to take.” It was clear from the off the mindset of, not just himself but the whole squad, to right the wrongs of the season and end on a high, to win it for everyone at the club: “The way the club is moving forward off the pitch, it’s what everyone involved deserves.” The club reached this stage last season, losing on penalties to Lye Town. Lomas wanted to banish the ghost of last season and look ahead: “Last year we lost on penalties. We were gutted but that can’t happen again. “We’ve just got to do everything we can to be ready.” The game coming up on Wednesday is season-defining and it is clear that the squad wants this cup to finish the season on a high to carry into next season.
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