Disappointment for seventeenth-placed Thackley in the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division yesterday as they fell to a 3-0 home defeat to tenth-placed Handsworth Parramore at Dennyfield – but Thackley Manager, Pat McGuire remains determined to forge the Dennyboys into an attractive and effective side, building on a squad he values highly, writes Colin Muncie.
Parras were two up at the break in front of the crowd of 93 on Ainsbury Avenue thanks to Ryan Carroll (8 minutes) and former Doncaster and Sheffield FC striker Waide Fairhurst (44 minutes). Jed Phillips bagged a third just after the hour to seal the three points.
Pat was bloodied but unbowed by the outcome. He told TBG, “I’m really disappointed by today as I asked a question of the lads before the game and I got an answer – and it wasn’t the one I wanted. However, what we are trying to do here is build an identity for the football club. This won’t happen overnight – and I’m disappointed by some things said around the ground. We’re working on less than a shoestring of a budget, but we have a fantastic calibre of players, who have turned down moves elsewhere to be here because they believe in what we’re doing, and we try to play entertaining football, even though it’s a results business.”
Pat has total faith in his approach and his players. “I have stressed to the lads that we are not a development or academy side,” he told us. “We are completely changing a way of playing. If people want to moan about us not playing kick and run – and begging for a result – that’s fine; but that’s not what I’d pay to watch. We were naive yesterday and paid the price for a poor first half but we have young lads that are learning. I stick by the lads 100% – they’re a fantastic bunch and good footballers.”
Pat’s final comments were for the visitors. “Handsworth gave pretty much a perfect away performance yesterday, and we got ‘old manned’ a lot at times,” he admitted, “but I look from our point of view and there were a lot of positives in what I saw.”
“I’m looking forward to Bridlington away next week.”