If you hear what sounds like a massive swarm of bees in the vicinity of Maltby Main’s Muglet Lane home these days, chances are that its Miners’ Manager Scott Mason and his all-conquering squad celebrating another win. Last night Maltby went to Northern Premier League Division One side Stockbridge Park Steels and won their Sheffield and Hallamshire Senior Cup Quarter Final with a stunning come-from-behind-3-2 win at Bracken Moor-and after the game Scott admitted that his side really stepped up to the mark after the interval, writes Colin Muncie.
When Scott Ruthven (28 minutes) and a 37th-minute Rory Coleman penalty had The Steels 2-0 up at the break, the travelling contingent in the 69-strong crowd at the Look Local Stadium must have felt that the Miners Cup run was over. But back came Maltby in that second half, and goals from Joe Austin (48), Josh Nodder (51) and Steve McDonnell (66) sealed a famous win.
So back to those bees. Scott told the Bootiful Game that his side had been on the rack in that first forty-five minutes “I’m BUZZING again and the club’s buzzing, after a great result-again. After watching the first 45 minutes yesterday against a well organised footballing side and being 2-0 down you fear the worst. We just couldn’t get near them. But credit to the lads- they kept working hard. We possibly had a dodgy penalty given against us-but that’s football, and you keep going”.
Scott got his side back on the front foot after a pep talk at the break “Half time came we had a good chat –and changed the formation” he told us “We got the early goal and just pushed on into our normal game. We worked really hard started to keep the ball, defended from the front and got what we deserved. We’ve worked on things in training recently and we asked them to do a few things away from football -and to see it coming together slowly is rewarding”.
Scott is delighted by his group’s togetherness. “The squad we have is just perfect, everyone wants that starting shirt” Scott enthused “We had Sam Forster travel back from Gatwick to play -then return to Gatwick after. That’s what we have at the club -players doing everything possible to play.”
Maltby’s winning goal scorer Steve McDonnell paid tribute to his Manager’s tactical switch at the break “I thought that in that first half we were miles off it and we knew at half time we could play miles better” Steve told us “The gaffer changed the formation -and in the second half we were phenomenal”.
“We fully deserved the win -and it was great to get the winner as well!!”