FC Bolsover took the bragging rights in the first Langwith Road derby of the season thanks to a solitary Lewis Warwick strike after 38 minutes which was enough to see off the challenge of Shirebrook Town, writes Ian Robinson.
After the dust had settled, both Managers were in agreement that the best team on the day had come out on top.
Firstly, FC Bolsover boss Matt Chatfield told us “I felt we fully deserved the result. We matched Shirebrook for their physicality, took control of the game from the start and had the most possession and chances for the whole 90 minutes. It was good to see out the game right to the end, it’s a clean sheet which we haven’t had yet this season and that’s now three games unbeaten to end December with 8 points. I would have snatched your hand off if you offered that to us at the end of November.”
“Fair play to Shirebrook, their two centre backs kept them in the game and if it wasn’t for them, it could have been three or four. I do wish them all the best for the rest of the season but only after we play them again.”
As far as Shirebrook Manager Alan Widdowson was concerned, he saw things slightly differently although he did not quibble with the end result.
“We started the game very well in the first 15 minutes with our pace up top, but after that we went flat and Bolsover gradually got themselves into the game. They had a game plan and executed it very well in my opinion. There are only so many long throws and corners you can head clear and they had the players to make it difficult for us. Inevitably they scored with a set piece which eventually decided the game. The second half was the same for us, as we started brightly but the threat wasn’t there. Bolsover managed the game better and held out for the 3 points which I thought overall they deserved.”
Turning to his own team’s performance, Alan didn’t hold back, saying “We are very disappointed with the performance and I will tell you this, there will be changes in the coming weeks, as that performance wasn’t good enough for the standards we set at our club. Only a few players deserve a shirt, the others need to look over their shoulders. They either step up to the plate and play for the shirt or they will find themselves sat with me and Lee. We know it’s tough but that’s football and decisions need to be made.”
Fans of both teams don’t have to wait long for Part 2 of the Langwith Road derby as the reverse fixture takes place on 12th January.