Fair play to the Hallam Management Team, to a man, they all believed that today’s trip to nineteenth-placed Harworth Colliery wouldn’t be the walk in the park that this season’s two previous encounters had suggested; and so, it proved as the seventh-placed Countrymen were held to a goal-less stalemate at the Jones and Co Recreational Ground in front of a crowd of 105, writes Colin Muncie.
Joint Manager, Scott Bates took nothing away from Lee Needham and the home side. “I thought we had good chances to win it, but credit to Harworth; they stuck to their task and I thought they did great. We rode our luck in the last twenty minutes when we were played off the park. It was a great debut from young Jamie Ingram with a penalty save to keep us in it. Missed chances cost us, but that’s taking nothing away from a great performance from Harworth.”
Joint Manager, Stephen Whitehead felt that his sides’ usual efficiency in front of goal was missing on the day. “It was a hard-fought point in the end. We lacked quality in the final third; all of our attacking options had an off-day and that’s not normally like us – but we might just look back, towards the end of the season and say it was a point gained – not two lost.”
Assistant Manager, Dean Bamforth agreed. “A very entertaining 0-0 for the neutrals,” he summarised. “Credit to Harworth – they battered us for the last twenty minutes. But when you concede a penalty in the 85th minute, it’s a great point. If you can’t find a way to win, then don’t lose.”
“Before the game you would possibly say 2 points dropped – but after 90 minutes I think it’s a good point.”
Whilst Harworth Colliery manager Lee Needham added, “I thought it was a good game today Hallam were the better team in the first half so we had to defend well, they have some good players at there disposal so it was always going to be difficult.
“However, second half I thought we were the better team and took the game to them we missed some good chances second half and also missed a penalty in around the 85 minute.
“It was a good game we still are making mistakes in big areas that we need to learn from but I think most importantly we need to start scoring the chances we create. We should of got something from the game last week so today makes up for it a little. We have a big month coming up and we need to prepare right for it.”