NEEDHAM clearly felt that the conditions dominated the ninety minutes

Last word on the weekend’s Toolstation NCEL Division One programme rests with Harworth Colliery Manager, Lee Needham, whose side took a point from their 1-1 battle at FC Bolsover at the weekend – and Lee clearly felt that the conditions dominated the ninety minutes, writes Colin Muncie.

“The conditions were horrific,” Lee asserted. “Personally, I would prefer it to have been called off and let’s play the game when players and Managers can actually enjoy it. Nobody in football wants to play when it’s like that. We are massively disappointed not to get three points from the game; the referee disallowed a perfectly good goal in the first half for us and a clear penalty in the second wasn’t given; the defender moved his body towards the ball, it hit him on the arm – and he hasn’t given it.”

“It was extremely difficult to play the sort of football we like to do,” Lee commented, “and it just became a slog fest which – to be fair – I thought we dealt with well at times. The goal we conceded is simply not acceptable at this level and this has been spoken about. I thought when we equalised it would be a matter of time before we scored again but credit to the keeper – and Bolsover who defended like their lives depended on it, especially in the second-half – and that’s what it takes.”

Lee is optimistic that Saturday’s experience will benefit his players. “We’ve experienced what it was like to play on that pitch this week so hopefully that will prepare us better for next week when we play Shirebrook,” he admitted.

“We are also hopeful of having players back from injury and suspension.”

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