He’s been letting his players do his talking for him over the last few months, but the Bootiful Game welcomes back Yorkshire Amateur’s Joint Manager Neil Sibson, whose team clinched automatic promotion to the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division last night with a 4-2 two win in their “Judgment Night” winner-takes-all head to head at Eccleshill United –and understandably, Neil had suffered from a little insomnia before giving us his early-morning verdict on events in Bradford, writes Colin Muncie.
Ammers were three up by the 33rd minute at the Mitton Group Stadium last night through Fernando Moke (24 minutes), Ash Flynn (30) and Jason St. Juste (33), but an Antony Brown penalty (42) got the Eagles s up and running before the interval. A tremendous crowd of 376 on the Kingsway saw the sides trade single goals in the second half-Moke again for Ammers (76 mins) and another Brown penalty with just two minutes left for Eccleshill; but the honours, and that promotion ticket were on their way to the Southerns Stadium.
Neil told the Bootiful Game “I haven’t slept much last night with the Adrenalin from such a great night for the club. This year is our 100 -year anniversary so maybe it was written in the stars, who knows. But one thing’s for sure -it didn’t come easy as we did it the hard way. We knew we had to win our last 7 games and we probably thought others may slip up -which they did- enabling us to grab the runners- up spot. The lads have been fantastic all year .We have had our ups and downs and we are a work in progress with this being our first year together -and my first year at this level -so we are all still learning new things about each other”.
In paying tribute to his leading scorer, Neil also revealed that his Joint Manager hadn’t been well, and he was keen to dedicate the achievement to him “Ash Flynn has scored 47 goals this season, so the trust we put him in has paid off as he’s proven at this level – but each and every one of our squad, past and present, deserve praise for their efforts ,especially Phil Harding who’s health took a turn for the worse after the Selby game -so this is for you ,mate”
Neil felt that the big crowd got value for money, “Last night’s match was witnessed by over 350 people I think and they sure got their money’s worth with two great strikes from Ferdy (Moke) an Ash Flynn trademark, and Jason St Juste completing the scoring” Neil told us, “Eccy put a lot of ball into you so we had to stand firm and be resilient as individuals and units -and as a team. We went down to ten men so we played 40 minutes of the second half a man down but we still managed to score on the counter attack, so great credit to the team on their performance . I think the lads are in the top 6 of most goals scored in the country at Step 6, so that’s some achievement”.
Neil had a few words of comfort for their opponents “We would like to wish Eccleshill all the very best in their promotion push and thank them for their hospitality last night, as they were very gracious in defeat -a credit to their club”
“It’s time for a well earned rest; but I’ll be back out next week watching the Play Offs- but in relaxed mode “