The anticipated collision at the top of Toolstation NCEL Division One didn’t disappoint, as 2nd placed Eccleshill United put seven points between themselves and third-placed Grimsby Borough with a fine 3-2 away win at the Bradley FDC yesterday-and Eagles Manager Sean Regan was delighted that his players had come out on top, writes Colin Muncie.
A crowd of 80 looked on as Andrew Cooper gave Eccleshill a 43rd minute lead, and Antony Brown doubled the advantage (53 mins). But Borough hit back to level through Ben Sibbick just after the hour and Danny Trott on 70 minutes. The last word, however, went to the men from Kingsway as Matt Mathers clinched the win right at the death.
Reflecting on a ding-dong battle, Sean told us “I did say before the game that we would be ready for them and them for us. The game was exactly as we thought it would be. We created chances, and they created chances. They fought back from two-nil down, but at the end of the day our character shone through to get the points”
“We never gave up and believed we could win the game, even at the point where Grimsby was on the front foot. It’s a massive win for Eccleshill”.
The Grimsby Borough camp was predictably disappointed by the outcome. Here’s Joint Manager Nathan Collins “It was really frustrating again today. We are dominating games but not killing teams off and at the other end we are conceding sloppy goals, which is not a good combination. We had five or six lads missing today through suspension and injury- which isn’t helping -but we need to regroup and get back on track next weekend
“I still believe that there will be a lot of twists and turns between now and the end of the season”
Joint Manager Nathan Collins agreed. “It was a very disappointing day. The black and white of it is that they scored their chances and we didn’t take ours. I think Eccleshill had four, maybe five efforts on goal -and scored three. We had twelve or thirteen clear cut chances and scored two. Five of our chances were 1 versus 1- it was simply not good enough in either box. The frustrating part is we dominated the game for very long periods and didn’t capitalise.
“The lads have it all to do now and we now need to finish as high in the Play-Off positions as we can”.