By his own admission, it’s been a few days of soul-searching for Handsworth Parramore Manager Jas Colliver following his side’s home defeat to AFC Mansfield last weekend. Jas promised to ring the changes for the trip to The Easy Buy Stadium and 19th-placed Barton town yesterday, and he was as good as his word-and happy to head home with a point which keeps Handsworth third in the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division, writes Colin Muncie.
In front of a Marsh lane crowd of 126, Handsworth held the lead at the interval through Oscar Radford’s 17th-minute goal; but Josh Tennant levelled for the Swans just six minutes from time.
Jas told the Bootiful Game “After a difficult week I feel it’s good not to get beat away at a tough place to go. It was certainly a game of two halves; we had plenty of chances to put the game to bed in the first half but again we found ourselves lacking that instinct or quality in their area. We changed the team with six players playing this week who didn’t play last week- it’s about individuals performing from now on and if we have to keep changing, it we will.”
Jas handed a jersey to one of Parra’s younger prospects “A league start was handed to young Alfie Dodsworth who in my opinion did well” He said.”He’s got a bright future ahead if he applies himself right. Today I asked the lads to roll their sleeves up and work hard, and they certainly did that. I can’t fault the lads effort today they left the pitch with nothing in the tank which is a positive! On another day we could’ve won the game but fair play to Barton I thought they played really well and had more quality than us in the second half. The pitch is a difficult pitch to play, it was sticky, heavy and difficult to twist and turn -however they found their stride in the second half”.
Jas was encouraged by his players’ reaction to conceding late on “The lads had genuine disappointment after in the changing room- which is good to see“Jas explained “I know it means something to not hang on and get all three points!”
Barton Town Assistant Manager Gary Allanson was equally impressed by his squad yesterday. he told us “It was a fantastic performance from us today on a heavy pitch and being honest, we’re a little disappointed we didn’t take all 3 points. We have worked on things in training all week – keeping the ball better, and moving it quicker -after last week’s game. We changed the system and were really positive in everything we did”.
Gary is happy to be part of a developing unity at the Easy-Buy.”Every player worked hard and we finished the stronger team” he said.”That shows what a great togetherness and spirit Dave is creating and we are now playing with a great desire and passion. It was great to see the supporters getting behind us and driving and encouraging the players. Mike Thompson led the team magnificently and everyone bounced off his performance”.
“We still have a long way to go but there is a real feel-good feeling all around the club at the moment”.