After another afternoon of weather-enforced inactivity, most of the NCEL Managers will be cursing the weather this evening; but as Nostell Miners Welfare Joint Manager Jason Dodsworth sips on his sparkling water tonight, he’ll be delighted that his side’s Toolstation NCEL Division One clash with East Yorkshire Carnegie at the Welfare Ground beat the rain and snow. Not only did his side capture a crucial three points with a 3-1 win-they drew level with Carnegie (17th) on 33 points, with three games in hand, writes Colin Muncie.
A crowd of 79 watched Jack Owen put Nostell in front after just 8 minutes; and in the second half, Liam Radford (57) extended the advantage. A Dan Walker penalty for Carnegie with less than twenty minutes to go set up a nervy finish, but Owen struck again at the death to keep the points in New Crofton.
Jason told the Bootiful Game that the outcome was better than the way his team got there. “I’m really pleased with the win but disappointed in our performance today. To be fair to the lads, the conditions were terrible to play in but we have set standards that we expect them to keep up to, and some let themselves down today. They know themselves though, and I know that they will be itching for the next game to put it right”
“We can’t be too harsh on them because at times today you couldn’t even see the game- never mind play in it- due to the heavy snow” Jason said. “Maybe that was a factor in the officials’ performances today, which were really poor -but I’ll leave that subject, I suppose.”
“We now have to get prepared for a really tough game against Hallam in midweek”.
Main photograph by Darren Thompson.