Simon Houghton and Jason Dodsworth took over at Nostell Miners Welfare back in November, and at the time, were third bottom of the NCEL Division One, and looked certain to be in the relegation scrap to the bitter end.
However, they have ground out a series of important wins in the past couple of months and sit on 40 points, and more importantly, safe!
Jason Dodsworth is a man who wears his heart on his sleeve and is not afraid of some home truths. Despite being safe, they have been very inconsistent, usually losing a couple of games after putting on a good performance and winning.
We spoke to Jason before yesterdays Rossington Main tie and he wanted to end the season on a high, and they did just that, with a thumping 5-1 win away at Rossington Main.
Liam Radford opened the scoring on eight minutes with a nice finish, then a brace from Liam Owen, one from Jack Owen and a late goal from Adam Knight secured all three points – guaranteeing safety. Lee Holmes did manage a consolation goal for Main but it was all in vein.
Dodsworth spoke to TBG moments after full-time last night, “Really pleased to finish the season with a win. The lads were quality today and stuck to the game plan for ninety-minutes. It was strange to play in the heat for a change today and we worked in the right areas of the pitch.
“We have been inconsistent since we took over but now we are looking forward to a well earned rest then we will put the lads thru a testing pre season and see where we can go next year. Thanks to all the players for keeping us up and thanks to the Chairman (Kevin Allsop) and everyone behind the scenes at Nostell.”
Nostell have had a difficult few seasons in the NCEL, and were relegated from the top flight in 2016, then finished bottom last term, but a reprieve saw a chance to put right the wrongs – and going forward, that is just what Dodsworth wants to continue to do, “It’s been really frustrating as we know we have the players to do better. But on the flip side we had to throw the team together quickly and get points on the board ASAP. We will have a good pre-season and we are going to go for a play-off push.”
From the opposition and home dugout yesterday, Lee Danysz was pretty much as you would expect, disappointed, “Credit goes to Nostell. They wanted it more, they worked harder, and showed a desire to win. We didn’t, simple as that. We are back to square one, we seem to take 1 step forward and 3 back.
“We don’t have the quality I desire at the minute. The lads have been told after the game AGAIN, big changes will be made. From the first whistle Nostell wanted it more. We gave up to easily. We was totally outplayed. My players, 80% of them need to go away and take a hard look at themselves.”