From the sidelines to the semifinals, Joe Ferguson talks his recent return, and Boro Rangers.

Back in the fold for a matter of days, Redcar midfielder Joe Ferguson admitted the stakes are high on Tuesday night, as the WOODSmith Construction Senior Cup continues with its penultimate match.

Boro Rangers are the visitors to Green Lane in a hotly discussed semifinal, perhaps dominated by the Steelmen’s ability to field a side.

One of many on the path to recovery, Joe made his long awaited return at the weekend, as Redcar Athletic lost out in a tight bout with Carlisle City.

Like many, Joe is desperate to play, finding watching from the sidelines no way to spend a weekend.

“I love to be playing,” Joe admitted, “I really enjoy my football.

“Unfortunately, injuries are part of the game, and it never gets easier to sit and watch from the stands.”

Keen to be back for Tuesday’s big contest with Boro Rangers, Joe’s weekend return proved a huge relief to the makeshift fullback, and his boss.

Light on numbers thanks to both ravenous injuries and a high number of players cup-tied, Joe conceded it would come as a disadvantage, but one which would not deter a resilient squad.

“Although we have players cup-tied, and a few injuries, we will be looking to advance into a final.

“It would be great experience for the lads, and definitely a step forward for this great club.

“It would be nice to see a few new faces supporting the lads down at Green Lane.”

The midfielder’s sentiment was earlier echoed by the man at the helm, who added that the Steelmen wouldn’t let up, despite the possibility of fielding a young squad.

“The lads have got to be up for it!” Carl Jarrett said.

“We’ve got to stay positive. It’s something for us to have a go at for this season.

“We’re going to give it our best shot.”

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