Up to fifth in Toolstation NCEL Division One for title contenders Grimsby Borough after their 3-0 win over League new boys Harworth Colliery at Bradley Road last night-and the Wilderness Boys Management team felt that their side were more than good value for the result, writes Colin Muncie.
A crowd of 117 at the BFDC saw Borough go in to the interval with a 3-0 lead thanks to a double from Adam Drury (12 and 20 minutes) and Callum Lovitt (36) , and that’s how the game finished to give the home side another three points.
Joint Manager Nathan Collins told us “It was a very professional performance tonight against a hardworking side. It was three-nil nil at halftime and probably should have been six. We didn’t have quite the same intensity in the second half but still passed the ball well, and I don’t think our keeper made a save tonight -which is credit to the lads in front of him”
Daniel Barrett, Joint Manager was happy with what he saw, but he’s looking forward to the chance to regroup. “I’m obviously happy with three points” he told us “In the first half we played some very tidy stuff. We probably missed too many chances, to be fair, and I was disappointed we didn’t go in four or five up, but their keeper made some good saves. In the second half they come out and pressed us a lot more and credit to them. Our lads showed some good quality and it’s always good to keep the ball for long periods”.
“We can now look forward to a rest from the League for a couple of weeks, and hopefully be in the hat come Saturday night in a very tough fixture again against higher league opponents”.
Borough welcome Long Eaton in an Emirates FA Cup Preliminary Round tie on Saturday.
Harworth Colliery Manager Lee Needham missed the game through other commitments, but had been well briefed on events.”I’ve spoken to my Assistant and we have worked hard against a very good team” he told us “ It’s always going to be difficult going to Grimsby but especially when you have got 10 players missing who would otherwise be in your squad. I feel it’s been a fantastic experience for the young lads who have stepped up and they will learn from the experience. We will be looking to get the experienced players back for our next league fixture in a couple of weeks”,
Lee admits that working with a depleted squad has been tough .”I’ve been around football a long time and I’ve never seen -or been involved with -a team that has had so many injuries to players all at the same time.”
“A club like ours can cope with 2-3 players missing -but to have ten,it’s impossible”.
However the biggest talking point between the players and fans was the lack of light coming from two of the floodlights in the corner near the floodlights.
Needham had his say on the matter, “I also want to add I’m not really sure how two flood lights can go out and you can continue the game if the floodlights were not on to start with I guarantee the referee would not of started the game.”