In our previews of today’s Toolstation NCEL Division One fixtures, we suggested that Worsborough Bridge Athletic had emerged as serious players in the Division this season. We never mentioned the word “title” – it’s only September, after all – but that suggestion got at least one of our fine readers a little carried away. Any road up, the Briggers didn’t do their new found reputation much harm with a fine 2-1 win at Shirebrook Town this afternoon- a result which had Manager Lee Morris purring, writes Colin Muncie.
Carter Widdowson took just seven minutes to put Shirebrook in front at Langwith Road watched by a crowd of 115, but player/Assistant David Taylor levelled after 20 minutes to send the sides in level at half time. Fidel Mhlolo clinched the points for Worsborough just after the hour.
Lee told the Bootiful Game “It was an absolutely massive win and a statement!”
“Shirebrook finished in the Play Off’s last year and are a very good team this season-a big strong team -but as I said before the game we knew what we were up against. I know the Shirebrook bench, players and supporters blamed the referee for poor decisions but when they reflect on the game they may feel that we could -and should- have got 6 or 7 goals today with the chances we had .We need to improve on this in weeks to come ; you shouldn’t have to have 7/8 chances to win a game, but it’s something we will look at in training this week.”
“I asked the lads before the game that when quarter to five comes to have me three points no matter what – and they delivered” Lee said “.I can’t praise them enough ; big Jack Waldron looked like Terry Butcher with blood all over him; big Joe Dungworth has done his knee – hopefully not as badly as first thought -but the squad again rises to the test.”
“You just don’t need 11 players- you need a squad with the right attitude ,and that’s what we have”.
It’s actually a warm welcome back from TBG to Shirebrook Manager Rob Camm, who explained. “Firstly I’d like to say I’m sorry for being so quiet in the past few months but we have had a massive job on rebuilding the squad after losing so many players in the summer. That meant we had a difficult pre season to contend with but we have started the season fairly well and I feel now we are getting into a position where I would like us to be in terms of the squad”.
Rob was expecting a battle today. “We thought today would be a good measuring stick- against a good team- to see how far we had come in the past few months and although we didn’t get the points, the performance was good and we probably should have got something from the game. We lost Sam Dockwray after 5 minutes to a serious injury which was a blow as he has been class for us”.
Rob had generous words for today’s visitors “Hats off to Worsbrough” , Rob told us .”Lee has put together a good group who compete for everything and don’t give you a minute. They have added well to the squad they finished last season with and they will be mixing it at the other end of the table -no doubt”.
Rob felt that the officiating had an undue influence on the outcome. “The lads did everything they were asked to do today though and will be gutted not to get anything from it” he said “Personally it doesn’t feel like a loss for me because in my opinion the referee took the game from us at every opportunity. They get a fair bit of stick ,and it’s not an easy job -but the lad in the middle made it look hard work today. You question why you bother giving up your time”.
“Overall though we’re happy with the start we have made and looking to kick on; good luck to Lee and Worsbrough for the season”.
All photographs by Nigel Owen.