It’s time to say “night-night” to the insomnia gags surrounding Handsworth Parramore Manager Jas Colliver. He must be dispensing an abnormal quota of z’s after another fine win yesterday afternoon-and one which keeps his side very much in the NCEL Toolstation Premier Division title shake-up, as they beat the dangerous Hemsworth Miners Welfare 4-1 at Sandy Lane –and Jas admitted that his side only really got going after the interval, writes Colin Muncie.
The game was all square as the 120-strong Handsworth crowd tucked into – allegedly – the League’s finest pies at half time after Oscar Radford had given the home side the lead on 33 minutes, only for Nash Connolly to bring Wells level six minutes later. However, after the break, Jamie Green (60 mins), a 78th minute Jordan Turner penalty, and a fourth from Lee Cooksey (83 mins) made it six without defeat for Handsworth.
Jas told the Bootiful Game “It was a fair result in the end -however we made hard work of it. We hit the woodwork four times in the game and conceded just before half time. I felt the first half was a little lacklustre and we never really found our stride. At half time I mentioned game management and we certainly managed the game well in the second half. We kicked on and scored three good goals making our threat from set plays count. I’ve been asking from goals to come from different areas of the pitch so I was pleased both centre backs scored those spectacular goals”
Jas felt that the pitch wasn’t necessarily conducive to flowing football “ It was a difficult surface to play on so we had to adapt our style slightly and get the ball forward with quality” he said “ We caused their back four problems by putting the ball into dangerous areas. We felt this was a tough game so I’m delighted to score four good goals and create a lot of chances in open play”.
“It’s now onto the preparations for Athersley Recreation in our League Cup fixture on Wednesday night.”
Whilst from the opposite dugout, Hemsworth’s Wayne Benn was, well, very unimpressed with his side, “I thought today we played well for 45 mins and against good sides I’m afraid that’s just not good enough.To go in 1-1 at half time was the least we deserved.we changed our system,we played the better football and the Handsworth bench and their players were getting frustrated and at that point I was happy with my players.
“We knew in the 2nd half a good side like Handsworth would come at us and I have to be fair and say that they upped their work rate and their directness caused us problems. My lads failed to respond to the extra effort from Handsworth and in the end they were deserved winners.
“What hurts me is that,3 of the 4 goals are from set pieces where there isn’t anyone within 10 yards of the player who scores the goals,that is just basic defending and is really poor from us. The 3rd goal is never ever a penalty and the Handsworth bench and the supporters dug out side agreed,and it was given by a ref 50 yards away but as I said last week I’m saying no more on the standard of officiating.
“One of the big disappointments from today is that we haven’t been outplayed, it has been long balls, long throws and set pieces not dealt with correctly that has cost us. What I have said to the players in the dressing room will remain private, the lads have been very good for most of the season but every now and then they let themselves down and that has been the case in both the games against Handsworth this season.
“I must apologise to our fans today,the 2nd half performance and in particular the lack of effort is completely unacceptable.”