Rossington Main hauled themselves up into ninth place-seven points outside that precious sixth Play-Off spot- in Toolstation NCEL Division One on Saturday after a 2-0 win over bottom side Retford United at Oxford Street-but, as Main Manager Lee Danysz explained, his club had to work hard to beat the elements , as well as the gutsy Badgers, writes Colin Muncie.
Main hit the front after just ten minutes when Assistant Manager/Player Lee Holmes delighted most of a splendid crowd of 184 at the Welfare Ground; and with just five minutes left, Andy Walkden secured the points with Main’s second. They’re now six unbeaten in the League.
Lee told the Bootiful game that the win had its origins well before three o’clock. “As anticipated Retford today proved that they are in a false position and took us all the way”, he said. “But to start with, credit goes out to those 15 volunteers and Lee Holmes who were on the pitch from 9.30 this morning trying their hardest to get the game on. We knew today wasn’t going to be a walk in the park: any team of Jordan Hall’s is never easy, even without him there. We started the game slowly; Retford- as we expected- wanted to try and get in to us early and upset our rhythm, but credit to our lads ;we saw it out and then started to implement our touch on the game. We knew Retford didn’t like it going out wide and getting the ball in the box, and we aimed to do that”.
“Lee Holmes scored his goal through us doing that, but I don’t think we did that enough” Lee admitted “We got into good areas but our final pass or play wasn’t clinical enough. Credit to Retford; they continued and we rode our luck a little. In the second half we all knew what our discussion was about, but they tried to roller-coast us and we tired. We made a few changes aimed at trying to bring in fresh legs and energy into our play, but two injuries happened in quick succession. The dilemma was who to bring off!”
The Rossington Manager offered a rudimentary explanation of the injuries;certainly enough to get his point across, but not for the squeamish-but he then made an inspired switch.” Lee Holmes fell awkwardly and heard a pop in his knee, while Andy Walkden’s groin was hanging off” Lee explained, somewhat colourfully. “Lee (Holmes) came off and we made a few tweaks, and put Andy up top. Within a few minutes he was one on one with the ‘keeper and rounded him to score, so I’ll take the credit for that!”
Ever balanced in his opinions, Lee was fulsome in his praise for the visitors “We’ll take the points and we kept a clean sheet, but a lot of credit must go to Retford” he said. “They kept going and you can see they have great team togetherness; I feel they will get out of the rut they are in. With us, we just keep going and concentrate on what we have to do. I’m very proud of our team today. Even under the cosh we showed character, with injured players still fighting for the cause”.
“That’s what it means to them-putting their bodies in the line for three hard earned points. It was a good day at the office”.
Main photograph by Jon Knight.