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PIRIE: “Oh, the joys of Non-League football…”

More frustration for Scunthorpe’s Reg Varney, Bottesford’s Head of Media Operations, Howard Pirie, as his ninth-placed side were pegged back twice by eighteenth-placed Thackley in an entertaining 2-2 draw in the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division yesterday. Howard had resumed his logistics role for the trip north, but, as he explained, it wasn’t a trouble-free excursion, or the result he wanted, writes Colin Muncie.

The Poachers led at the interval thanks to Jack McMenemy’s 35th minute goal in front of the 108 crowd, but Jordan Hendrie equalised for Thackley on the hour. McMenemy restored the visitor’s advantage after seventy minutes, but the home side hit back through Daniel Broadbent with twelve minutes left to share the spoils.

Howard admitted that the journey had been problematic, forgetting, of course, that Manchester United have arrived late for their two most recent Champions League games travelling much shorter distances. “Not a good day,” he admitted. “I was driving the mini-bus and we arrived late to the ground, so my name was mud. It was an eventful game; we took the lead twice through Jack McMenemy only to be pegged back. Jack Cross and Joe Edwards hit the crossbar too.”

Howard isn’t one to put entertainment above three points for his beloved Poachers. “The match was entertaining for the neutral – but sadly I’m not neutral,” he insisted. “I’m a fully ‘Up the Botty’ type of guy.”

Contemplating the run back on the M62, Howard was philosophical. “It’s a 65 mile journey home in a van restricted to 56mph!” he sighed.

“Oh, the joys of Non-League football…”

Main photograph by Rob Barraclough.

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