First up in the Bootiful Game’s review of another terrific week in both Divisions of the NCEL is Swallownest Manager, Jordan Stocks, whose side – now fourteenth in Division One – came, saw and conquered in their 2-1 win at eleventh-placed Shirebrook Town-and Jordan felt his players deserved the three-point haul at Langwith Road, writes Colin Muncie.
After a goalless first half in blustery conditions in front of a crowd of 109, Alex Lill put the South Yorkshire club in front almost immediately after the restart; and although Ben Burbanks levelled on the hour for Shirebrook, Lill struck again with seven minutes left to take the spoils back to Rotherham Road.
Jordan spelt out the importance of last Saturday’s draw at Campion followed by today’s win. “First and foremost, I’m delighted to be coming away from Shirebrook with all three points as I definitely feel we were good value for them,” he told TBG. “In the last seven days we’ve had two tricky away ties, and we’ve come away with 4 points overall. That’s a top turnaround.”
“Today’s performance was straight out of the traps,” he insisted. “We were sharp and positive -and it showed. The conditions weren’t great but the lads adapted well and we got our rewards. We now go into 4 home games on the bounce; so, table–wise, we aim to make the next month a push in the right direction.”
Assistant, Joel Evans, felt that the paying customers got good value for money. “Today’s game was a good advert for the NCEL considering the weather,” was Joel’s assessment of the ninety minutes. “Both teams tried to play the correct way and gave everything. A few strange decisions by the referee left me in despair and the game at times got out of hand. I hold my hands up; I could have been more professional – and I apologised to Alan (Widdowson, Shirebrook Joint Manager) and his dugout.”
“Take nothing away though from my lads,” Joel told TBG, “it was a very professional away performance – and on another day the scoreline could have been even more in our favour.”
Two-goal striker, Alex Lill felt that his Swallownest team-mates got everything they deserved today. “It was a good team performance,” Alex admitted. “We had a game plan and we stuck to it. I’m glad to get a couple of goals and do my bit for the team – but the whole squad was excellent today. I feel things have started to change in the right direction – finally – after a few hard weeks with results not going our way but our draw away to Campion last week has definitely changed things in the team.”
“We’ve got to build on that and move on to Saturday at home to Winterton UTS.”