Widdowson felt that better finishing might have extracted a more positive outcome

Alan Widdowson Clipstone

Shirebrook Town dropped a place in Toolstation NCEL Division One after last night’s 2-1 away defeat to Worsborough Bridge Athletic at Park Road – and Joint Manager, Alan Widdowson felt that better finishing might have extracted a more positive outcome from the evening, writes Colin Muncie.

Robbie Savage put Shirebrook ahead after just 9 minutes in front of the 46 crowd, but by half–time the Briggers had seized the initiative thanks to Scott Batty (27 minutes) and Jack Mawson (32 minutes); a goal-less second half kept the three points in Barnsley.

“We started with good energy and were doing the right things in the right areas,” Alan told TBG. “We took a deserved lead when Robbie Savage finished off a great move. Instead of pushing on, though, we dropped our standards and Worsborough started to get on top and control the game. They got the equaliser through three missed tackles and errors throughout, and took the lead when we failed to handle a ball in our box. They deserved the half time lead.”

Alan felt his team recovered their poise after the break. “We re-grouped at half-time and put in a second-half performance of pace and quality football,” he said. “We had numerous chances to get something out of the game – but our final third needs improvement. It was a difficult night on a difficult surface and I’m frustrated in our play, because we are a good side and play some good stuff at times. We need to put in a full ninety minutes, not just in patches and kill teams off when we are on top.”

“Fair play to the guys – they gave it their all, as always.” Alan concluded, “we move onto Saturday and go again.”

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