Yesterday’s defeat at Hallam left Nostell Miners Welfare still second in Toolstation NCEL Division One and just three points behind leaders Winterton Rangers, so by no means was the Sandygate reverse a calamity-and the Nostell camp are already moving on, although they acknowledge that the Countrymen are likely to be there or thereabouts when the medals are handed out at the end of the season, writes Colin Muncie.
Striker Kai Hancock felt that his side’s wastefulness in front of goal was a key factor. He told TBG “Today was very frustrating for us, it just wasn’t meant to be. On another day we could have 7 or 8 maybe more, but we didn’t take our chances and they punished us. Fair play to Hallam they handled our pressure well and took their chances. We all argue with each other constantly -but that’s because we know what we can do if we turn up; but we have to dust ourselves off and go again”,
“It’s a long season and I’m sure we’ll be fine”.
Joint Manager Simon Houghton didn’t disagree with Kai’s assessment. “It was a game of two halves as it usually is at Hallam. In that first half we should have had the game wrapped up -and you cannot afford to miss as many chances as we did. We spoke about the need to finish our chances early in the game and we just didn’t do it. As a consequence we let Hallam off the hook -and they punished us in the second half”.
“We created plenty of chances, so that’s pleasing” Simon added. “We just need to be more clinical and we do have the forwards to do that. It was just one of those days in front of goal. We dust ourselves down for Wednesday and we go again.”(Nostell face Dodworth MW in the Sheffield and Hallamshire Senior Cup).
“It’s a long season -and Hallam will be up there come the end of it“.