On the face of it, Harworth Colliery’s 2-2 draw with Campion, which ended a run of six consecutive league defeats, should have put a smile on the face of Manager Lee Needham, but the boss felt it was two points lost rather than one gained, given that two early Richard Williams goals had put them firmly in the driving seat, writes Ian Robinson.
“I thought the lads were great today” said Lee. “In the first half we out played a very good team and should have been 4-0 up without any doubt, but as we know in football, when you don’t take your chances, good teams like Campion will always come back at you, and unfortunately for us we conceded a sloppy goal just after half time which then gave them the confidence to go and get the equaliser. We worked hard to try and get the winner but unfortunately the ball just wouldn’t drop for us in their box, so we have to settle for the point.”
Despite his frustration, Lee admitted that there were plenty of things to be positive about, adding “The performances continue to get better and better and the additions we have made will make us stronger. We still had five lads missing and they are key players for us so it will be very interesting when we can get them back.”
On his opponents, Lee was generous in his praise, “Campion are a good team and their players showed class, along with their Manager who took the time to come up to me and say they got out of jail, which you don’t often get these days. I think Campion will be up in the mix come the end of the year, so we take the positives from that.”
Lee has spoken to us previously about the difficult run of games that Harworth have just had, and believes the experience will stand his players in good stead for the rest of the season.
“As hard as that has been, the lads are now understanding the level of effort and desire that is required in each game to compete at this level. It’s difficult and you need to work hard for every minute of every game because the moment you switch off you will be punished.”