Eleventh-placed Bottesford Town got back to winning ways in the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division yesterday with a 2-1 home victory over ninth-placed Bridlington Town-and predictably, the Poachers Head of Media Operations, Howard Pirie, was moved to song after the win, writes Colin Muncie.
Joel Sutton put the visitors ahead after 10 minutes at Ontario Road, in front of a crowd of 74, but 27-goal Dec Bacon hit back for Bottesford after 16 mins to leave the contest level at the interval. With just two minutes of normal time left, Alex Holden grabbed the winner-and three points- for the Poachers.
No doubt Howard will be basking in his morning glory after an evening of cigarettes and alcohol. He told the Bootiful game that his under strength side had been a match for a resurgent Bridlington side.” We had five first team regulars out through suspension, injury and work commitments. We had to put some kids in and stand up to a big and physically stronger Bridlington side. Positions one to eleven, and all over the pitch, we matched them. The referee didn’t have the greatest game but it was same for both sides. The pitch was energy sapping but I thought we had the better of the second half”
Howard took time out to praise three members of his squad before hinting that the streets of Scunthorpe will have been a sight for sore eyes last night. “Spall, Graves and Holden were 10/10 but everyone put a right shift in” he said. “We can go out tonight strutting like dandy cocks. We’ve lost some good players to other clubs this year and still we punch above our weight”
“As in the words of Oasis “Maybe, you’re gonna be the one that saves me; cause after all- we’ve got Tommy Spall”.
Seasiders Manager Curtis Woodhouse felt that his side were unfortunate to be heading back to Queensgate empty-handed. He told us “It was a tough day for Brid Town AFC today. They were really difficult conditions but after going 1-0 up I expect us to manage the game a bit better”.
“We left with no points when a draw was probably a fair result.”
Main photograph by Rob Barraclough