It was disappointment for Handsworth Parramore in their top of the table clash with leaders AFC Mansfield at Ssandy Lane yesterday afternoon as the visiting Bulls extended their Toolstation NCEL Premier Division advantage over Parras to seventeen points, although Handsworth still have those three games in hand. After the game, the Ambers Manager Jas Colliver felt that his side were the architects of their own downfall, writes Colin Muncie.
Connor Smythe’s second-minute opener gave AFC a half-time advantage in front of a fine crowd of 192 at the King of Soho Stadium. Matt Plummer doubled the advantage two minutes into the second half and Smythe killed the game off with his second goal (69 minutes).
Jas told the Bootiful Game that he felt that the outcome was the result of one side seizing their chances and the other not. “You can’t gift top sides three goals” Jas admitted “Their lads in fairness took the goals well- but to be completely unopposed is not acceptable. In the first half we had three chances to score, we didn’t take our chances -but they did throughout!”
Jas felt his side matched the league leaders in most areas of the pitch, but his sights are already on next week’s trip to Barton Town.”From box to box, for large parts of the game, there wasn’t much in it until they went 3-0 up -and it was an onslaught of good play and pressure for AFC Mansfield.” he said “We lost the set piece game today which is very frustrating. We do our homework, go through set plays and concede twice -that’s schoolboy stuff! The defending was okay during the afternoon -we’ve defended well against two real handfuls up top, and prevented them from scoring”.
“I’m looking for the lads to pick themselves up and kick on. Today’s result was deserved- however, it’s the next one that counts now”.
Main photograph by Ken Allesbrook