Sitting pretty in sixth in the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division, Bottesford Town came out on top 3-2 in a fine battle with Hall Road Rangers (18th) at the Birkdale Stadium yesterday-and Poachers Head of Media Operations Howard Pirie was pleased to take the three points against stubborn opposition, writes Colin Muncie.
Bottesford led 2-1 at the break, turning the contest round with two goals from Lewis Bemrose (35 and 37 minutes) after David Watts had given Rangers a twenty-third minute lead in front of the 55 crowd. Jack Bowskin gave the home side breathing space after 52 minutes, but Cedric Premple provided an interesting last 15 minutes with a second for Hall Road on 75 minutes.
Howard told TBG, “the scoreline was a bit tighter than the actual possession and chances created merited,” Howard told us. “Full credit to Hall Road, they had a very young side and did themselves proud with their work rate and attitude. Hopefully this is a stepping stone for us, as we’ve got past a hurdle that we could have stumbled at. Another brace for Lewis Bemrose and a headed goal for Jack Bowskin shows we haven’t been a one-man scoring machine.”
A big local derby sits on the horizon for Bottesford next weekend. “Only one League defeat at home this season and we look forward to pitting ourselves against Barton Town next,” Howard told us. “Hopefully the biggest crowd of the season waits for a game that will be competitive – to say the least.”
“Last but not least I would like to send mine and the club’s best wishes at this time to a couple of lads who are going through some tough personal issues; they know who they are and we are all behind you.”
Main photograph by Rob Barraclough.