Thirteenth-placed Ollerton Town’s recent form has been a little up and down, so they must have been pleased with yesterday’s win at FC Bolsover yesterday in Toolstation NCEL Division One – and Coach Jordan Wildey felt that it was a good contest in challenging conditions, writes Colin Muncie.
Sam West’s 62nd minute winner for Ollerton was the difference between the sides in front of 62 fans at Langwith Road.
Jordan told the Bootiful Game that it was quite an achievement for Bolsover to get the fixture on and that it was a pretty even first forty-five minutes. “First of all, full credit to the groundsman for getting the game on” the acknowledged. “It looked a lost cause when we first arrived and the last thing we needed was another postponement. The game itself I think was of really good quality considering the pitch. Both teams for the majority of the game tried to get the ball down and play. Early on I think there were a lot of transitions and the game was at a frantic pace with a lot of mistakes- but after the first 10 minutes both teams settled down and started to create good opportunities. We were unfortunate not to take the lead after having a good goal disallowed for offside after lovely quick build up play. Bolsover were unfortunate twice with two scrambles in our penalty area which on another day could’ve easily resulted in them taking the lead”
Jordan felt that his side seized the initiative after the break and he was delighted not to concede.” In the second half we tried to be a little more patient and prevent counter attacks and look to get more runners beyond when the ball went into the front two -and that was exactly how we eventually managed to break them down. With a depleted squad there wasn’t much we could do to change the game, so once we got in the lead we tried to slow the game down much more than usual and defend deep. On another day Bolsover may have pinched something but full credit to our lads today for digging in deep and going through the pain barrier to get the much needed three points -and a clean sheet finally!”
Jordan had words of comfort for the beaten hosts. “Fair play to Bolsover as well. I know times are tough for them at the moment ,but if they keep fighting like they did today they will give themselves a chance” he argued. “It’s not good for the league having teams battered week in, week out -so hopefully they will be able to keep up what they did today and remain competitive for the rest of the season”.