It was so close to the perfect away performance-and at the home ground of Toolstation NCEL Premier Division side Garforth Town too- but the evening ended in late disappointment for Division One Shirebrook Town as the home side turned the tie on its head in the last twenty minutes to progress to the fourth round of the League Cup-but Joint Manager Alan Widdowson had nothing but praise for his side’s performance on the night, writes Colin Muncie.
A goal from Mark Robinson just after the half hour gave Shirebrook a half-time advantage in front of the 61 bravehearts on a cold night on Cedar Ridge; but Shaquille Clarke-Adams levelled matters after 71 minutes, and booked the Miners place in the Fourth Round draw with the winner deep into added time.
Alan had travelled to the Bannister Prentice knowing that his side had nothing to lose.”We went into the game with no pressure to perform” he reminded TBG “Our game plan worked from the off. They had loads of possession and we defended brilliantly. Our counter attacking play was very good; we created the better chances and deservedly took the lead as Isaac Fisher chipped the keeper only to hit the bar-but Mark Robinson followed up and put away the rebound. We hit the post again and had a couple more clear cut chances, and we restricted them to long range efforts and barely troubled”.
Alan expected the hosts to apply more pressure after the interval “The second half was a backs –to- the- wall performance with an excellent defensive display” he said. “We conceded from a long range effort, and then a very scrappy 95th minute goal. I’m absolutely delighted and proud of our efforts tonight -all thirteen players that we used gave their all”
Alan picked out one of his heroes and paid tribute to the home side.”A special mention to 16-year old Isaac Fisher who was outstanding in his link- up play and overall contribution. He never looked out of place” he pointed out, adding “Garforth are a good side and played some very good football, so good luck to them in the next round .
” One last thing, though ” Alan insisted ” Garforth knew that they were in a game last night!”