Nostell Miners Welfare stay in fourth in Toolstation NCEL Division One after an impressive 4-1 win over eleventh-placed Armthorpe in New Crofton yesterday – and Nostell’s Joint Manager, Jason Dodsworth attributed the win, in part, to the breadth of playing personnel available to him, writes Colin Muncie.
The home side led 2-0 at the break thanks to Rhys Meynell (26 minutes) and Lee Bennett (45 minutes); and although the ever-dangerous Luke Williams added to his season’s tally (9 now) to get Armthorpe back in the contest, Adam Hayton calmed the nerves in the crowd of 88 at the Welfare ground with a third on 78 minutes, and Billy Mole applied a coat of varnish with a last minute fourth.
“I’m really pleased to get the three points today,” Jason told TBG. “We had some key men missing, but that just shows the strength we have in the squad. We had to change formation today and some of our football was excellent; we deserved our 2-0 lead at half-time. Full credit to Armthorpe; in the second half they really came at us and got one back before an exceptional chip from Adam Hayton gave us our two-goal cushion back. The work rate was excellent again and the lads deserve all the praise they get.”
Looking at the bigger pictures, Jason took time to reflect on his time at Nostell. “There are a lot of good sides in this League,” he admitted, “and we don’t have a target – we just take one game at a time and go out to win every one. If we are up there come April then fair play, but this season is about progress. Nostell looked doomed last season when Simon and I took over and we have turned it around; not only on the pitch but off it as well. There’s a great feeling around the club and the volunteers are second to none. We just want to keep progressing as time goes by. The squad we have is more than capable of being up there but there’s no pressure on them at all.”
“We are just enjoying the ride – and what will be, will be.”