It’s been a turbulent period for CEO Richard Smales and the good people of Winterton Rangers, but they’ll end 2018 pretty much as they started this season-on a run of wins and right up there in Toolstation NCEL Division One after Paul Grimes edged them past a battling, eight man, East Yorkshire Carnegie (17th) at West Street yesterday afternoon-but Manager Scott Hellewell admitted that it hadn’t been easy on the eye, writes Colin Muncie. (Main photograph by Paul Tong)
Fourteen minutes were left when Grimes struck to send most of the 107 crowd in Scunthorpe home happy after Carnegie had been reduced to eight men in the second half..
“Well what an awful game of football” Scott admitted “We lacked that cutting edge today- we created some chances but it ended up being a scrap. I’m not going to lie- the sending’s off changed the game. The first one to me was a red card all day long; the other two I couldn’t really see but I think they are for what was said to the referee. The referee was a newish one -I haven’t seen him before and obviously he’s helped us out by sending 3 of their players off, but the game was ruined by his constant stoppages. Every little thing -even throw in’s, the game had no flow at all. I would say out of the ninety minutes, the ball was in play for about thirty”.
Closer to home, Scott accepted that his side hadn’t been anywhere near their best “Our performance wasn’t good enough and the lads know that- but at the end of the day its three points which could be vital come the end of the season. We are unbeaten in three now and the lads should hopefully have some confidence back”.
“Roll on the New Year; Happy New Year all”.
Match winner and Rangers Player-Assistant manager Paul grimes had some sympathy for the visitors “A hard fought win today” he acknowledged “We weren’t at our best and that was credit to EYC for working hard to make it difficult for us. Quite rightly, they will feel hard done by with the sending’s off which ultimately swung the game in our favour”.
“ The positives we take from the game are that we kept trying to do the right things in our attacking play and eventually it paid off” Paul assessed “ It’s another clean sheet, which is something we have spoken about and another three points to keep us in with the pack”.