A busy day at the Birkdale Stadium yesterday, on and off the field, as Bottesford Town wound up their home fixtures with a 3-1 win over battling Clipstone; in doing so, the Poachers confirmed a fine eighth-placed finish in the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division-but as our good friend and Head of Media Operations, Howard Pirie told us, the day didn’t end at ten to five, writes Colin Muncie.
The home side led 1-0 at the break thanks to Dayle Hutson’s 21st-minute goal to the delight of the BBA members in a 55-strong crowd; inevitably Dec Bacon added his 41st of a great season after 71 minutes, and although Craig Bridge added a third on 89, there was time for Michael Ball to end the Cobra’s campaign on a high when he scored their late consolation right on time.
Howard had kind words for the visitors-and his own players. He told the Bootiful Game “Clipstone can leave the Stadio Del Birch with their heads held high. Lot of young lads in there and did themselves proud; without really creating much they battled for the full 90 minutes and never gave up. For ourselves a pleasing finish to the season confirming 8th place and celebrations went on into night at presentation evening. Well done to Finlay O’ Sullivan, Declan Bacon, Lee Ridley and Steve McCarron for their thoroughly deserved awards”.
MC Hammered was also handed some well-deserved recognition at the awards evening. “I myself was humbled to be presented with Clubman of the Year” Howard reported “It’s been a privilege to be part of this group this year, friends for life. One more game to go tomorrow against Barton then a little bit of down time. Last mention for Alex Holden who won’t be with us next year, came to us this year as he was on work placement in the area and leaves with all our best wishes. Cheers Alex.”
“UP THE BOTTY”