It was defeat-but certainly no disgrace –for Pontefract Collieries last night. They bowed out of the West Riding County Cup at the Semi-Final stage last night after Northern Premier League Premier Division side Farsley Celtic left Beechnut Lane with a 2-1win- but Colls Assistant Manager Craig Rouse felt that his side weren’t too far away from progressing on the night, writes Colin Muncie.
The visitors took a second-minute lead through Nathan Cartman, but Eli Hey levelled for Pontefract mid way through the first half. However, Dan Cockerline restored Farsley’s advantage on 42 minutes, and that’s the way the game finished, to the disappointment of the home contingent of a 147-strong crowd.
Craig told the Bootiful Game “We couldn’t have asked any more from the players effort- wise throughout the 90 minutes. We had both Andy Seed and Grant Darley playing another 60 minutes after long lay-offs, as well as Eli Hey who pulled himself off the sick bed to come and do his bit for the side. There were some big efforts from the lads on a heavy pitch. We were proud of their efforts on the night but we’ll look back on the game as a chance missed to progress to the final”.
Craig felt that the visitors just edged the contest but reflected on a fine campaign in the WRCC. “We had more than our fair share of the ball and the difference between the two sides was probably the decision making in the final third. Throughout the competition we’ve beaten some good sides and had a good run that the players can be proud of.”
“We wish Farsley all the best for the final and we’ll now turn our attentions to our league campaign”.