Just a single second-half strike from Tommy Johnston was enough to separate Bottesford Town (5th) and Barton Town (11th) in yesterday’s Toolstation NCEL Premier Division local derby at Birkdale Park yesterday, watched by a crowd of 125 – and after the game, Poachers Head of Media Operations, Howard Pirie, felt that it had been good value for money for the paying customers, writes Colin Muncie.
“It was a well-contested game played between two teams who gave it their all,” Howard summarised. “Bottesford edged the first half without making possession count, while in the second half, Barton came more into it and really got stuck in. A great penalty save by Jordan Douglas kept us in it and on the hour mark, big Tommy Johnston, scored the decisive winner.”
Turning to the bigger picture, Howard had kind words for Chairman, Tony Reeve and Manager, John Corbett. “We are now fifth in the table and I know I rattle on about it, but we are punching well above Lee Ridley’s weight,” he said. “I am biased – but this is a proper well-run honest little football club and I’m proud to be connected with everyone involved here. The Chairman will be getting a little concerned about how high we are in the table, but it’s good to make him sweat.”
“In Corbs we trust. Up the Botty.”
Barton Manager, David Ricardo felt that the result was harsh on his players. “In terms of work rate and desire we were a million times better than Tuesday night’s performance,” David told TBG. “I don’t think either team deserved to lose the game which was one of few chances: however, we had the clearest chance in missing the penalty after half time. That’s the fourth straight penalty miss which needs to be sorted going forward as it’s costing us points. In tight games such as today you have to be ruthless – and we haven’t been, but it’s an area that we will continually work at.”
“We will work hard at training this week as there are plenty of points left this season to go and grab – and the fans deserve the best.”