Handsworth Parramore’s Toolstation NCEL League Cup campaign fell at the penultimate hurdle last night when they were beaten 5-2 at Liversedge in their semi-final clash in Cleckheaton-and for Parras manager Jas Colliver it was a bitterly disappointing way to end a season in which his side had shown such promise, writes Colin Muncie.
Dan Walker nodded Liversedge into an early lead in front of the 104 crowd, but Ozzy Radford headed Parras level after 17 minutes; Tom Brook restored Sedge’s advantage after 31 minutes, and Marc Lumb increased Liversedge’s grip on the tie after 35 minutes to give them a 3-1 half time lead. The ever-dangerous Joe Walton increased that lead to 4-1 just after the hour, and although Will Eades (79) cut the deficit to 4-2, Sedge clinched their place in the Bramall Lane showpiece with a fifth goal with just 10 minutes left.
Jas told the Bootiful Game “Tonight’s defeat hurts. We deserved nothing and got bullied throughout. I hope the players are feeling like I am right now. We travelled to Liversedge with a strong squad, so we have no arguments whatsoever. I’ve analysed the goals we conceded -and they were all shambolic. During the game we gave ourselves opportunities to claw something from the game: however Liversedge responded in the best possibly way by being positive and taking the game back to us! “
Jas admitted that he will use the first part of the summer to target how his squad can come back even stronger next term. “ We will take the time to reflect and right the wrongs moving forward” he explained. “As a management team we must improve and we will expect much better from the squad next season. The club -and its great people- deserve much more and too many players have gone missing when it matters tonight, and throughout the campaign. The lads get everything on a plate at this club- maybe we spoil them!
As you’d expect, Jas had generous words for Jonathan Rimmington’s players. “All the best to Liversedge in the final, I’m sure they will enjoy their night out; it certainly looked like their lives depended on getting to a Cup Final, and I admire that character”.
“(Joe) Walton was simply unplayable- what a player!”
Despite last night’s reverse, the Bootiful Game would like to thank Jas and everyone at Handsworth Parramore for their excellent contributions during the season.
Main photograph by the ever so reliable and super Ken Allsebrook.