Do you remember the excitement of waiting in your local newsagent at half past six on a Saturday night waiting for the Football Pink or the Green ‘Un to be delivered? Sometimes it would be running late – then you’d see the delivery van, wait for the newsagent to cut the string, and you’d run off into the evening looking at the results and tables. Well, consider the Bootiful Game your Non-League equivalent – except it’s free and you can read it at home.
Tonight’s headlines start with Worsborough Bridge Athletic, who played their part in a stunning Toolstation NCEL Division One clash at AFC Emley before finishing on the wrong end of a 4-3 scoreline at the Fantastic Media Welfare Ground this afternoon – and Briggers Assistant Manager, David Taylor felt his ten men put up a tremendous display in the shadow of the famous transmitter, writes Colin Muncie.
Worsborough struck first after just two minutes through Jamie Austin, but Andy Horbury (7 minutes) and Wayne Hughes (24 minutes) struck to put the Pewits in the driving seat. A Jack Mawson penalty restored parity for Worsborough after 43 minutes, but James Stafford struck right on half-time to give the home side the interval lead and send the superb 261-strong crowd off in search of much-needed refreshments. Although Liam Owen levelled the contest after 50 minutes, Horbury struck again with just seven minutes left to keep the three points in Kirklees.
David told TBG that he couldn’t have been more pleased by his side’s gutsy display. “I just want to say how proud I am of the group,” he affirmed. “To play with ten men in the manner we did was magnificent, I thought, and that’s not just effort; we played some very good football. In the first half we got off to a cracking start and after that we should’ve relaxed – but we did tend to panic for some reason. Defensively we didn’t seem ourselves for the first twenty minutes and I feel for the lad, Lewis, who got sent off, because he had to make the challenge. He has done well when he has featured, especially for his age.”
David felt his side could have taken something from the fixture. “We went in at half-time and knew we were still in the game,” he told us. “We told the players to go out and be brave on the ball – and they were. We feel a little aggrieved that we didn’t take more than a point, to be honest – but that’s football. We need to take that performance into future games and the belief is now starting to show.”
“With that belief we are sure that we can challenge this season.”
Main photograph by @WaterBuck1.