The staff here at the Bootiful Game mean absolutely no offence to seventeenth-placed Staveley Miners Welfare, but Clipstone’s fine goalless draw in the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division at Inkersall Road –their first point of the season-must rank as one of – if not the performance of the day. After the game, watched by a fine crowd of 143, both camps gave their take to TBG, writes Colin Muncie.
First up, it’s the Cobras new Manager Jamie Hardwick, who surely couldn’t have expected to make such an early impact with his much-changed squad. He told us “After a great game on Wednesday night, I gave the young players a task -to get a clean sheet today. When the ninety minutes were up and they’d done it this felt like a win to the players”.
Jamie acknowledged that it had been a point hard earned.”This was far from an easy point. Staveley battled and battled and if it wasn’t for some superb saves from our goalkeeper Levi Owen and excellent performances from our back four-which included two 16- year olds and one 17 year old, the outcome might have been different. The full team worked really hard and either team could have won this game”.
Clipstone head to the Recreation Club next Saturday and Jamie will be keeping his feet firmly on the floor.”We are not going to get carried away with this point and know that Pickering will be a totally different proposition”, he said.
Trojan’s Connor Williamson paid a generous tribute to the visitors then reflected on how his side didn’t take all three points.”First of all I’d like to congratulate Clipstone on their first point of the season. They got what they came for. Their goalkeeper was their best player by a long shot so credit to him. Again, we just weren’t ruthless enough in front of goal”.
“In the changing room we all asked the question ‘how haven’t we won this’ as we dominated the game from start to finish, Connor added.
“But we go again and hopefully we get the win”.