With four wins out of their last five in the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division, sixth-placed Handsworth Parramore are beginning to impose themselves at the business end of the table. Yesterday, the Ambers headed off a second half fight back to see off bottom side Harrogate Railway Athletic 3-2 at Sandy Lane-and Handsworth manager Jas Colliver was delighted to see his threadbare squad take another three points, writes Colin Muncie.
Ollie Fearon set the Ambers on their way after just two minutes, and Jon Froggatt doubled the advantage a quarter of an hour in, and although Sean Hunter hit back for rail after thirty-five minutes, Oscar Radford’s goal on the interval must have left the 123 –strong crowd thinking that the points were secure. Not so, as Harrogate pushed the hosts all the way, but with only Aaron Haswell’s late penalty to show for a strong second half showing.”
Jas was understandably pleased to get the job done, but paid tribute to the visitor’s performance. He told the Bootiful Game “.With a depleted squad (nine missing), and with lads playing through injury and illness, I felt we played really well in the first half but tired in the second half. Fair play to Harrogate -they kept going and were the better team in the second half. Having said that I thought the game should’ve been out of sight at half time. We created plenty of chances in the first half which was pleasing: however we need to be more clinical. Fair play to the lads we dug deep and get the three points”.
Jas acknowledged that both the opposition and the officials had contributed to a fine contest. “The officials have had a lot of stick of late -but today they did really well” he noted, adding, “I thought Harrogate were outstanding in the second half; they played with real purpose and moved the ball well. Their lad in the hole was the best player we’ve played against this season”.
Main photograph by Ken Allsebrook.