Quietly but effectively, sixteenth-placed Ollerton town have been building a favourable reputation as a well organised side with significant technical ability amongst their Toolstation NCEL Division One peer group; so no-one saw last night’s 6-1 defeat to third-placed Yorkshire Amateur coming; certainly not Ollerton coach Jordan Wildey, who feels that fate is conspiring against his players as the end of the season beckons, writes Colin Muncie.
Ash Flynn (17 and 41 minutes) and Fernando Moke (34) had Ammers 3-1 up at the interval despite Liam Cooper levelling the game for Ollerton at 1-1 after 21 minutes; but the crowd of 38 looked on as Moke (49), Flynn’s hat trick goal on 57-his 37th of the season, and Brice Tiani (74 mins) completed the scoring .
Jordan admitted to the Bootiful Game ;“I don’t know where to start; distraught is how I feel right now. We were always up against it; it genuinely feels as if everything is going wrong for the run- in. Thankfully we don’t have too much to play for ourselves, but I feel that tonight we have let teams down who may have needed us to do them a favour. We did all we could tonight but when you have to start your centre back in goal because he has an ankle injury and your first choice goalkeeper (who has a wrist injury) as a substitute (brought on first as a forward) you know you’re always going to be up against it. Then you have me, a retired goalkeeper coming on as the second sub as a centre back at 5-1 down”.
Jordan reflected on the impact of tough fixtures on the road “ I missed the first half due to work but apparently we were competitive -but it was very clear in the second half we couldn’t give much more” he explained. “We tried, and had a couple of chances, as did Yorkshire Amateur, but we were never going to get back in the game. Our fixture list has been cruel to us this year with away midweek games at Yorkshire Amateur, Campion, Eccleshill and Grimsby Borough, but despite that I think ultimately we as a management staff have to look at ourselves first. Could we have done more to get more players in? Possibly, although that’s a difficult task when your budget is a wonderful zero”.
“On the plus side we do have a core of players who are willing to sacrifice everything to be successful; and given time and a little bit of backing I have no doubts that his club is going in a positive direction” Jordan insisted.
“Tonight is one of those nights where we have to take it on the chin and do everything possible to put it right -starting on Thursday for another tough away game against Swallownest”.