Not one for a “careless whisper”, and after two wins and a draw in their last three League fixtures, the Bootiful Game’s good buddy Howard Pirie watched his Bottesford Team surge back into the NCEL Toolstation
Premier Division’s top ten with a fine 6-0 win at the dangerous Albion Sports (15th) last night-and reflecting on the win after a spot of the Lions’ world class hospitality, Howard admitted that he “knew he’d been waiting for” a “father figure”, allowing Bottesford to play with “freedom” writes Colin Muncie.
The Poachers held a half time lead in Farsley thanks to Lee Ridley’s 40th –minute opener in front of a crowd of 39 , but stepped up a gear in the second period through Alex Holden (55 and 68 minutes) Craig Bridge (58) Stephen McCarron (82) and Dec Bacon’s 28th goal of the campaign (84).
Howard told the Bootiful Game that felt two crucial decisions from his Chairman shaped the outcome “It was a tactical masterclass by Chairman Tony Reeve in promoting Head Of Media Operations Howard Pirie to drive the lads to Throstle Nest” Howard explained “He knew that it wasn’t just about getting the boys there safely and back but getting a response from a team that was languishing mid table and just wanting the season to end. A couple of Churchillian speeches later and a rousing rendition of “Onward Christian Soldiers” -and the rest is history.”
“We drafted in little Ash Ellis in goal which must have been daunting for him” Howard added “but an arm around the soldier and some wise words from Howard meant he walked on the pitch 10 feet tall. The rest is history, 6-0 away win, and clean sheet and great curry post-match makes it a great evening.”
”Some would say Craig Bridge, Alex Holden or Declan Bacon was man of the match -but the real hero was Tony Reeve. That’s why he is our gaffer; foresight vision and- as in the words of George Michael- “Faith”.