Just the one game left for Handsworth Parramore, who’ll finish a creditable fourth in a Toolstation NCEL Premier Division that they led for an extended period. Yesterday, though, they went down 3-2 at home to Staveley Miners Welfare, who have climbed to fourteenth after a recent fine run -and Parras Manager Jas Colliver feels that his side’s generosity-and a punishing fixture schedule –contributed to the home reverse, writes Colin Muncie.
Jonathan Hill gave the home side a 25th minute –and half-time-lead in front of 101 at Sandy Lane, but Brett Marshall’s visitors turned the game on its head through Adam Baskerville, who hounded a brace on 48 and 67 minutes. A James Ashmore spot kick levelled things up for Parras (70), but, not to be denied, the Trojans clinched a three –point haul through Robson Doolan (75).
Jas told the Bootiful Game “Today we have gifted them three goals; at the moment teams aren’t creating lots of opportunities, but we are gifting them goals through individual errors. Today we pulled a team together -good enough, in my opinion, to win the game, including four lads under the age of 19 years old starting ,and a 17 year old on the bench looking to take their chances. The lads did well in open play but were a little naïve, which ultimately cost us the game. It’s a learning experience for them and we felt it was a good opportunity to give them some minutes”.
Not much turnaround time for Jas’s players, and next up it’s newly-promoted Pontefract Collieries “The lads are dead on their feet. We have picked up four injuries prior to today and another one today; so it’s fair to say this ridiculous schedule hasn’t been kind to us! We have one last league fixture on Monday against Ponte who -I’m hoping -are all still hungover after their deserved promotion!”
“Let’s see what eleven we can field on a Monday -if we have enough bodies!”
Main photograph by Ken Allesbrook.