When former Parkgate striker, Danny Critchlow opened the scoring against his old club after just 12 minutes in this afternoon’s Toolstation NCEL Division One clash in front of 77 paying customers at New Crofton – his eleventh of the season – it looked like the old ‘Manager of the Month’ curse might be about to afflict new Green Lane boss Andy Dawson ; but, with their opponents reduced to ten men before the break, Parkgate levelled through Nathan Forbes-Swindells just after the hour to secure a point against a side who had enjoyed a 3-0 opening day win in Rawmarsh in the reverse fixture, writes Colin Muncie.
Welfare sit fourth in the table, and the visitors – unbeaten in six – drop to fifteenth, but Nostell’s Joint Manager, Jason Dodsworth was upbeat after the game. ”I have nothing but praise for my lads today,” he told TBG. “We played with ten men for 70 minutes and showed great character. We started like a house on fire again and the game could have been over early doors. Then came the turning point and we were down to ten men after twenty minutes. It was a decision I had no complaints with; it was a little rash and the referee probably got it right.”
Jason felt that – even down to ten – his side could have taken all three points. “We hung on quite easily until half time,” he explained, “then in the second half we had two really good chances to make it two-nil which we didn’t take. An hour into the game, we started to tire and Parkgate had a lot of the ball – and got the equaliser they were looking for. Apart from that, we dealt with everything really well as they threw a lot of balls into the box – but the returning Gary Stevens in goal dealt with them well.”
A good point for Nostell, then. “I’m really happy how we applied ourselves,“ Jason insisted, “and we will look to push forward from this next week.”