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DODSWORTH: “You will not win games if you can’t defend as a team!”

Campion maintained their excellent start to the season with a fine 4-2 win over fourth-placed Nostell Miners Welfare at Manningham Mills yesterday afternoon to stay second in NCEL Toolstation Division One – but for Welfare Joint Manager, Jason Dodsworth, the result owed much to his own side’s generosity, writes Colin Muncie.

The visitors struck first through Jack Owen on seven minutes, however the Scotchman Road side levelled through a Robbie Graham penalty on eleven minutes. Kane Reece restored Nostell’s advantage (24 minutes), but Campion had turned the game on its head by the break, through goals by Calum Ward (33 minutes) and Leon Hurles-Brook (37 minutes). The 85-strong crowd certainly saw value for their money in the first 45 minutes; and although Nostell pushed hard after the break, they couldn’t find a way through, and as so often is the case Daniel Cunningham, on the break, clinched the 4-2 win for Campion in the last minute.

A fine game between two of the League’s early-season contenders.

Jason struggled to hide his disappointment with the loss. “You will not win games if you can’t defend as a team,” he told us. “It’s been a really frustrating afternoon – after being in front twice – to lose the game, but we are giving goals away without teams having to work for them and that’s the annoying thing. It’s something we really need to work on and we will address it this week in training.”

“Although we totally dominated the second half we just couldn’t get the equaliser,” Jason reported, “and we got caught on the counter, in the last minute, which made the score look more flattering than it actually was.”

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