Two games, two wins…a flying start to much-fancied Nostell Miners Welfare’s Toolstation NCEL Division One campaign after last night’s 2-0 home win over League new boys Harworth Colliery-but, as Joint Manager Jason Dodsworth admitted, it wasn’t a routine three points over tough opposition, writes Colin Muncie.
After an even and goalless first half in front of the 108 punters at The Welfare Ground, Nostell hit the front just after the hour mark through Brad Kilburn (62 minutes), and clinched the points thanks to a second from back- in-form striker Danny Critchlow with just 7 minutes left.
Jason told the Bootiful Game “It was a game of two halves really. We were really sluggish and off the pace in the first half and couldn’t string 3 passes together but we went in 0- 0 at half time”.
Jason admitted to some motivational speaking during the break. “A few choice words in the dressing room at half time and we went out in the second half at a really fast tempo” he told us “We pressed them all over the pitch and got our rewards. They could have got a draw out of the game but fortunately for us the strike hit the post after Joe Thornton missed 4 great chances”.
“I’m happy with the three points and onto Saturday (at home to Worsborough Bridge) now.”
Harworth Manager Lee Needham admitted that his side could -and maybe should- have been ahead at the interval, but he wasn’t at all dejected by his side’s display “I thought tonight was a very good game of football.” He told us “In the first half I thought we should have gone into the break 2-0 up but their keeper pulled off two great saves. In the second half we expected them to start well and they did -so we had to weather the storm for 10 minutes and our keeper pulled off 2-3 good saves.”
Lee wasn’t happy with Nostell’s opener “I thought we had started to get back into the game when they got a corner” he said “What can only be classed as a clear foul on our player wasn’t given and they scored. From that point the game was very even. We hit the inside of the post -I’m not actually sure how it hasn’t gone in -but from that a defensive mistake cost us the second goal and killed the game”.
It’s early days for Harworth, but Lee is already certain that his side have to be less profligate in front of goal. “I think we have got to start to take our chances” he insisted “because if we had done in the first half, it’s a totally different game and result”.
“I am extremely pleased with the lads tonight. We showed we can match anybody in this league tonight and we are looking forward to Saturday’s game (Ollerton Town away)”.