Harworth Colliery survived a late comeback and the sending-off of striker Mark West to clinch their first win back in Toolstation NCEL Division One after a thrilling 4-3 win over Rossington Main at the Jones and Co. Recreational Ground last night-and Harworth Manager Lee Needham felt his side deserved the three points, writes Colin Muncie.
Harworth led 1-0 at the break through Sam Foulds (9 mins) in front of a fine local derby crowd of 210, but Lee Holmes levelled for Main after 51 minutes. Matthew Robinson (53), Mark West (61) and Robinson again (73) seemed to have clinched a convincing win for Colliery, but two late strikes from Josh Gibbons (80) and Ben Hunter (83) , and the sending off of home striker Mark West for retaliation provided the home side with a nervous last few minutes before the points were secure.
Lee told the Bootiful Game “ I thought we played well tonight. We got the start we wanted and had a huge amount of success in the first half. I was disappointed to be only 1-0 up. in the second half we started a little slowly and gave away a soft goal early on, which seemed to wake us up .From there we went from strength to strength: Mathew Robinson scored two of the best goals you’re going to see at this level; his second was great but his first was what every manager would want to see from a player- control, turn and finish.
Lee felt his side should have put the points to bed but rued a couple of missed chances as the visitors stormed back. “We went 4-1 up and were in total control of the game” Lee told us “ We should have made it 5 on two occasions but a one –on –one and a header that hit the bar denied us. We gave away a soft goal -which brought them back into the game -and then one of their players has hit a worldie to make it 4-3. We found ourselves back in a game that should have been over a long time before this happened”
Lee took issue with the sending off incident, which he felt was harsh “One of our players received a red card having been hit hard from behind” he explained “He reacted to the situation -but at no point did put his hands in his face so he should only have been booked. I sometimes wish officials understood the game better and saw how the situation occurred. It’s a dangerous challenge on our player; these lads have got to go to work the next day and players will react to that situation.”
“As an official, put yourself in their shoes and see things for what they really are- then games will be more free- flowing and enjoyable for all”.