Last word on Saturday’s Toolstation NCEL League programme comes from Lee Needham, whose Harworth Colliery side slipped to second bottom of Division One after a 3-1 home defeat to fellow strugglers Parkgate – and Lee felt that his side’s failure to capitalise on a fine start cost them in the end, writes Colin Muncie.
Lee admitted that the visiting goalkeeper had been outstanding. He told TBG “It’s a tough one to take; for the first thirty minutes they weren’t really in the game and we had two great chances to score – but unfortunately the keeper has pulled a worldie off for one of them. I thought the first goal we conceded wasn’t great defending, but the second is just the basics and we know at this level we can’t afford to defend like that.”
Lee felt that the visitor’s third goal gave his side a mountain to climb. “We discussed at half time the mistakes that had been made – so to concede virtually just after half time was hard to take. We got ourselves back in the game from a good free kick and should have made it 3-2 but for another great save from Chris Butt. If that had gone in then it would have been interesting for the last twenty minutes. We have to learn to do the basics better. We know where we are as a club at the minute and we need to continue to work hard to get things right on the pitch.”
Lee told us that he has augmented his back-room staff, and had a word for his returning striker.” I thought Mark West was fantastic for us” he said “doing endless amounts of work on and off the ball in key areas; this is something we have missed in recent weeks. Dave Rushbury has come into the management team and he will bring a lot of experience”.
Finally, Lee took the opportunity to compliment an outstanding display from Saturday’s official “I also want to add that I thought the referee was fantastic; she let the game flow, gave what she saw and didn’t guess”.
“I think some of the male referees should come and watch her – maybe they can learn not to be so arrogant and self-obsessed”.