To be fair to Harworth Colliery Manager Lee Needham, he’s always said that his side would be more of a force to be reckoned with when the injury crisis eased at Scrooby Road-and so it has proved, as colliery followed up that creditable weekend home draw with Campion with a battling three points after a 1-0 win at seventh-placed Glasshoughton Welfare at the TJ’s Travel Arena. The win moves Harworth up to 18th in Toolstation NCEL Division One –but for Glassy’s Joint Manager Lee Vigars, it was another frustrating outcome after what he felt was a much-improved performance from his players, writes Colin Muncie.
Joshua Davies scored the only goal of the game after 14 minutes to take the points back to Doncaster in front of a decent midweek crowd of 104.
Lee is always measured in his assessment of his side’s displays, and last night was no exception, as he told TBG “It was a grafting performance. I didn’t think we played that well in the first half but a wonder goal gave us the lead –it probably was harsh on them. In the second half I felt we were better ,and should have scored early in the second half having missed a good chance”.,
Lee was delighted by his side’s application and organisation in Castleford, and contrasted the outcome with that Campion draw, whilst noting that his playing options are improving week by week “ We worked hard against another good team” he admitted “ I thought their left back was very good and looked dangerous going forward -so we had to try and stop that. I felt it wasn’t pretty from us on the whole; but on Saturday we were brilliant and got one point. Today we had to work hard and graft and got three- so I suppose that’s how football goes”.
“We had another two players back today -and we are still waiting on another three.”
Glassy’s Joint Manager Lee Vigars didn’t disguise his disappointment at the result “We asked for a reaction to the defeat at Swallownest and we got it” he said “We’ve completely dominated the game from start to finish -but were unable to make the possession count. At times we played some great football and got into some good areas, but far too often the final ball just wasn’t good enough or we took the wrong option. We’ve also failed to test their ‘keeper properly when in good positions to get shots off”.
Lee had been less than complimentary about the manner of defeat at Rotherham Road at the weekend, and felt that there was a touch of déjà vu about tonight’s winner “Both goals were gifted down in Sheffield last Saturday and it cost us the game -and we’ve gone and done the same tonight” Lee told TBG “ Matt (goalkeeper Zaniewski )has only had one thing to do all night and that was to pick the ball out of the net – apart from that he’s been a spectator”.
Lee had kind words for Harworth “It was our inability to create enough openings or clear cut chances combined with a stubborn and well organised Harworth defence that has allowed them to take maximum points” he acknowledged “ Fair play to them, they set up not to be broken down and did that job very well”.
“It just feels that we’ve massively let ourselves down in the past 4 days after having such an impressive October”.