A draw and two winds in their last three outings have got Winterton Rangers’ Play-Off push back on track. Yesterday they enjoyed a 3-0 home win over local rivals Brigg Town in Toolstation NCEL Division One-and after the game, Rangers Manager Rob Watson admitted that an early dismissal influenced the course of the game, writes Colin Muncie.
In front of a terrific 188-strong crowd at West Street, Luke Anderson put the home side ahead after 16 minutes, and late goals from James Coulbeck (76 minutes) and Scott Hellewell (83) kept the points in Winterton.
Rob told the Bootiful Game “I’m delighted with the win and clean sheet. The red card early on for Brigg did have an impact on the game and stopped them pressing us. Personally I didn’t think it was a red and I felt that Brigg had been hard done by. With them having ten men, we had a lot more possession but had to be smart to break them down. We eventually took the lead but I demanded much more the players in the second half. With a similar set up in the second half, we created a number of chances -and took two of them”.
Rob was full of praise for his opposite numbers “Credit to Lee and Simon (Roach, Assistant Manager) they have a good team at Brigg despite picking up the pieces off the field”.
“It wasn’t an easy game but I felt that the scoreline reflected our performance”.
Brigg Town Manager lee Thompson was full of praise for his squad, and agreed that losing a man early was always going to be a problem “ Let me start off by saying that I’m very proud of all the boys today . We played with ten men for 86 mins which doesn’t help. I can’t comment too much on the red card, as from the dugout we don’t get the best angle. Some said it was and some said it wasn’t but in the end it has cost us, as eventually on a heavy pitch the legs are going to tire”.
Lee felt his side did themselves justice despite being a man down. “After the red card we were the better side and had a great chance to go one up, which our striker just put wide”, he said. “We knew it was going to be a tough second half and our game plan was just to stay in the game until last fifteen minutes to see where it took us. The lads did exactly that until two set pieces cost us “
“I have not one bad word to say about the lads- they gave their all and that’s all we can ask” Lee said. “We know we’re in a relegation battle but if the lads show that much determination, and with players coming back from injury at the right time then I am sure we can stay out of the bottom two. More positives than negatives today -we go again Saturday away at Dronfield”
“I just want to finish by saying we hope Winterton get what they deserve this season-the Play-Offs”.
Main photograph by Paul Tong.