Shirebrook Town leapfrogged Rossington Main to move up to 11th place in the only fixture of Toolstation NCEL Division One last night. They beat Main 4-1 after a devastating first twenty minutes in front of a crowd of 98 at Langwith Road – and after the game Town Joint Manager, Alan Widdowson, told us that his side’s efficiency in the last third was the perfect response to his pre-match challenge, writes Colin Muncie.
The game was effectively over as a contest eighteen minutes in, as Samuel Martin (5 minutes), Thomas Widdowson (11 and 13 minutes) and George Simpson (18 minutes) established an almost unassailable advantage for the home side; and although Rossington’s Talisman, Lee Holmes converted a 42nd minute spot-kick, the second half was goalless and the points were Shirebrook’s.
Alan was thrilled by his side’s display, especially in that first half. “We said before the start of the game that we needed to be more clinical in front of goal,” he revealed. “We started on the front foot playing very good one touch football on a difficult pitch. Rossington couldn’t handle our pace and high-pressure game – and by 20 minutes we were 4-0 to the good; and to be fair it could have been more – that’s how dominant our display was. A soft penalty gave them a glimmer of hope; but we said at half time to manage the game better and the 3 points would be ours.”
“Fair play to Rossington,” Alan admitted. “They never gave up and were the better side in the second half, although we could have added to our tally if we had our first half shooting boots on.”
“Overall a very pleasing performance – and a well-deserved three points.”
“The result and performance was dedicated to Eric Stokes. Lifelong Shirebrook Town supporter who is very ill in hospital and missed the game.”