Seventeenth-placed Nostell Miners Welfare enjoyed a terrific afternoon at West Street yesterday; their 5-0 win opened up a fourteen point gap on the bottom two in Toolstation NCEL Division One; but in doing so, the visitors pretty much put paid to Winterton Rangers brave Play-Off charge, although Nostell’s Joint Manager Jason Dodsworth revealed an unlikely goalkeeping hero in his line-up, writes Colin Muncie.
A crowd of 53 in Scunthorpe saw Adam Knight (18 minutes) give the visitors a slender interval advantage, but in the second half James Greenhough (51 minutes) and a Jack Owen hat-trick (55, 73 and 76 minutes) sealed a fine road trip for Nostell.
Jason told the Bootiful Game “A fantastic performance today from all the squad. We didn’t have a bad player on the pitch. From the first whistle we were at it and we have always known the players have it in them to perform like this. The performance from the back set the tone for the rest of the lads to build on. To come to Winterton and win 5- 0 is a fantastic result, because they have some quality players. It’s a big win for us and we have now set the standard for the other games this week”.
“We also got let down with our keeper this morning too” Jason admitted “so we’ve had a clean sheet with our centre forward Joe Thornton in goal”.
Winterton Manager Rob Watson was philosophical about the outcome, and already has eyes firmly fixed on next season “It was a bad day at the office; in fact, we never turned up” Rob admitted “. Nostell punished us physically and in front of goal. I’m not sure if it was tired legs from Wednesday or literally just a bad day, but I’m glad the wakeup call has happened this season and we can learn from it in preparation for next season”.
Looking back on a fine campaign, Rob told us that he already has a benchmark “Next season our aim to get promoted” he said “ We have competed with the best teams in this league and dropped points against teams I feel we should have beaten. I look at Knaresborough last season- just missing out on the Play-offs- to what they have achieved today”.
“Credit to Paul (Stansfield) and Paul (Clayton) for a fantastic season; they are a team I’d look to model ours on next year”.