Something was always going to give at Kirklington Road yesterday when seventh-placed Rainworth Miners Welfare collided with Maltby Main at the top of the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division- and it was the men from South Yorkshire who took the points with a fine 2-0 win which moves them up to third in the table, writes Colin Muncie.
After watching a tight, goalless first half, the crowd of 71 saw Sam Forster put the Miners in front with a quarter of an hour left, and Ryan Carroll clinched the win with a last minute second.
Wrens 1st Team Coach Nev Hunt had no complaints with the outcome. He told the Bootiful Game “Honestly we know we were done by the better team today. Maltby are where they are because how they are organised, work hard and break teams down effectively by being so well set up. Well done to them. But from our point of view we didn’t do enough to hold out. At 75 mins we were still in the game and had been having a great spell of possession and looked the more likely to break through. A lack of concentration led to Maltby taking the lead. We looked deflated, let ourselves down and went chasing the game which let them in to get the second”.
Nev felt that his side didn’t do themselves justice, especially after last weekend’s fine win at Liversedge. “We looked for a repeat of the application and attitude from last week -and the boys know they weren’t at it and let themselves down by their own standards” he admitted.
“We will go again and train hard again in midweek- and look to prepare well for another tough game at Pontefract next week”.
Meanwhile, Scott Mason’s juggernaut rolls on, although he admitted that yesterday’s game was more physical than he’d expected. “I thought we dominated the first half but again didn’t take our chances. But when you take all three points you can put up with that. We expected a tough test but didn’t expect it to be as physical. We don’t mind a physical game- don’t get me wrong-, but some of the challengers today I didn’t get. Maybe because we were so dominant in the first half, it was the only way to stop us”.
Scott admitted that the Miners’ dressing room needed a lift at the interval-and he gave them exactly that “At half time the lads looked like we’d lost the game” he told us.” Knowing we’d played so well -and it was still nil-nil -was hard to take. So we got them up again, and the lads came out with every intention not to return disappointed. But credit to Rainworth -they came out and made a game of it and started to look dangerous. But with the quality we had to call on from the bench -and the lads working hard -we got the breakthrough we deserved”.
“I’m so happy for everyone involved again -and it’s a well deserved win on the road”.