Grimsby Borough head into 2019 where most people expected them to be at the start of the season; near the top of the tree in Toolstation NCEL Division One. Yesterday, the third-placed Wilderness Boys edged past 14th placed Skegness Town by a single goal at the Bradley Football Development Centre – and former Joint Managers at Borough, current boss Daniel Barrett and Nathan Collins, now Joint Manager with the Lilywhites, both saw enough to encourage them at the end of a tight ninety minutes, writes Colin Muncie.
Caine Winfarrah separated the sides with a goal right on the interval in front of a fine crowd of 154 at Bradley Road.
Borough’s Joint Boss, Daniel Barrett admitted that he’d been pleased to take the win despite a strong second half showing from the guests. “Today was a proper game of two halves really and to be fair we have to have mixed emotions,” Daniel admitted to TBG. “Without a doubt we should have had the game wrapped up in the first half; we were poor in front of goal with Skeggy’s goalkeeper making 4 good saves from their perspective – but it should have been game over. The goal we scored was probably our scruffiest chance – which pretty much summed us up.”
Daniel anticipated that the visitors would make a game of it after the break – and so it proved. “In the second-half Skegness came out and we expected pressure, with the wind behind them and nothing to lose,” Daniel conceded. “We had to make 2 or 3 saves and defend properly, as we did get a good amount of pressure. For sure, Skegness have got some better players in from when we played them earlier in the season and they will take points off a lot of teams – but we have to be happy with taking six points from them and keeping a clean sheet today.”
“As frustrating as it was, I’d take 1-0 and three points every week,” Daniel concluded. “We need to build on that now; we go into a difficult fixture next week (at Glasshoughton) and hopefully start the New Year as we mean to go on.”
Skegness Joint Manager, Nathan Collins was disappointed to leave empty-handed but agreed that his team were on top in that second half. “It’s frustrating not to get something out of the game after our second-half performance,” Nathan told TBG. “But the first half wasn’t good enough from us. The lads have been fantastic over the last few weeks, so we can excuse them an average forty-five minutes – but to dominate a team like Borough on their own patch for the majority of the second-half is encouraging.”
“We will train on Wednesday – and hopefully go on another good run.”