Istead pleased with win but injruy list concerns interim manager

Toolstation NCEL Premier Division life for Handsworth Parramore after Jas Colliver began with a comeback from behind win over eleventh-placed Eccleshill United yesterday at Sandy Lane – and whilst one of the caretaker management was instrumental in the win, the other shared his post-match thoughts with the Bootiful Game, writes Colin Muncie.

Ollie Fearon put Parras ahead after just nine minutes in front of a crowd of 102, but Sean Regan’s men turned the game on its head through Khurram Shazad (16 mins) and Thomas Rose (21 mins) to send Eccleshill in ahead at the break. However, Acting boss, Jonathan Froggatt (49 mins) levelled matters, and Bradley Nicholson clinched the points with an 85thminute strike.

Caretaker Joint-Manager Steve Istead told TBG that Eccleshill provided an even stiffer challenge than AFC Emley had in midweek. “It was a tougher test today,” he said, “and we eventually showed good character to come back and win. Injuries to our two centre backs in the first half added a bit of pressure, but we managed to shuffle the lads around and those who covered in for us did really well. We have plenty to improve on still and will work on a few bits in training this week.”

Steve is coming to terms with a full treatment room at Handsworth. “Yet again we have added to our injury list,” he reported, “so we will have to see who is available for next Saturday and go from there.”

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