Handsworth Parramore booked their place in the NCEL League Cup Semi-Finals –and an appointment away at Liversedge-with a hard fought 2-1 win over League One Ollerton Town at Sandy Lane last night; and Parras Manager Jas Colliver admitted that his players had had to work for the win, writes Colin Muncie.
It looked good for the home side when Steven Istead put Parras in front after just 2 minutes, and even better when Courey Grantham doubled the advantage after 25 minutes; but the prolific Gav King had Ollerton back in the contest just before half-time (42) in front of a good crowd of 150. Parras held firm in the second half to start planning a midweek trip to Cleckheaton next Tuesday.
Jas told the Bootiful Game “We are in the semis; it wasn’t pretty but after some resolute defending we got the job done. Ollerton will go away thinking they deserved more- they were outstanding on the night. The lads have got a few days rest before we travel to Liversedge; Rimmo (Sedge Manager Jon Rimmington) was watching our game tonight so he will fancy his chances!”
Reflecting on the injury concerns ravaging both clubs, Jas had a tongue-in-cheek proposal “We might ask the NCEL to play a six a side game instead for us and Liversedge!” he said.
“We will certainly look forward to the fixture in five days time”
Ollerton have been receiving some splendid reviews recently and Coach Jordan Wildey couldn’t disguise his disappointment at his side’s defeat.”I am absolutely devastated” he admitted “We could not have done anything more in general play. We have set a real high standard for next season with that performance today with some influential players missing. After going 1-0 down inside two minutes to a deflected effort we could have given it up, but for the following 25 minutes I thought we played some phenomenal football. We then got hit on a counter from our own corner which is something which has really been a problem for us all year but once again we fought back and we got back into the game with some lovely football around their penalty area”.
Ollerton couldn’t quite force an equaliser after the break “In the second half I felt we didn’t move the ball around as well as the first half” Jordan admitted “but still got into some good positions, played at a good intensity and more than matched Handsworth. Full credit to Handsworth though; although they were missing a few they still had a very strong squad out and was very effective at managing the game”
Reflecting on a year of progress on and off the park, Jordan is already optimistic about next term. “ I’m disappointed to end the season tonight but it’s time for a well- earned rest so we can come back again and push this club on even further next season. We have come a long way in a short space of time and next season we want to be in and around the Play-Offs -at the very least- because the standard we have set in the second half of the season with our performances has been that of a Play-Off team at times”.
“We just need to ensure that we have the consistency”.
Thanks to Jordan and Ollerton for their many fine contributions to the Bootiful Game this season. We‘ll hope to hear from Jas again before he hits the beach.