Absolutely the last word on second-placed Pontefract Collieries 3-1 win at Hall Road Rangers comes from Colls Assistant Manager Craig Rouse, who explained why winning at Haworth Park is such a difficult task, and, in light of the conditions last evening, why staying in the game for the first forty-five minutes was so important, writes Colin Muncie.
Craig told the Bootiful Game “We’re obviously pleased to come away with three points from a tough away fixture. Hall Road are in a false position due to the 12 point deduction, so with them fighting for survival it becomes an even tougher test. Add that to the hour and half journey and a heavy pitch and it becomes one of the trickiest away games in the league. The pitch at Haworth Park is quite narrow, and Hall Road use that well to their advantage. The conditions weren’t great for both sides and a strong wind meant it was probably going to be a game of two halves”.
“We defended well in the first half” Craig explained “and we restricted Hall Road to a few chances and we knew if we could go in at half time still in the game we could come out and make an impact in the second half. We were pleased with the way we responded to going a goal down and it shows once again that’s there’s a good attitude and spirit amongst the players.”
“We now move onto another tough game at home against Bridlington”.