Needham felt that the win had been coming after recent impressive displays

Harworth Colliery finished 2018 on a high as they came from behind to secure their fourth win of the season with a 2-1 victory over seventh-placed Selby Town in Toolstation NCEL Division One on Saturday – and Colliery Manager, Lee Needham felt that the win had been coming after recent impressive displays, writes Colin Muncie.

A fine crowd of 128 at the Jones and Co Recreational Ground watched Robin’s talisman Joe Dale put the visitors in front just before the half hour. In the second-half, however, Sean Ebbs levelled for Harworth just after the hour, and Ainsley Finney grabbed a crucial winner from the penalty spot in added time.

Lee gave TBG a pretty thorough analysis of how the game went. “In the first half I thought that we had more of the play in difficult and windy conditions,” he told us. “It was hard to play our normal game in those conditions, so I was pleased with the lads’ efforts and thought it was harsh to go behind – but when the lad over puts it in from the edge of the area with an overhead kick, there isn’t much you can do!”
Lee asked his players for even more effort after the break. “We spoke at half-time about our application in the second half and the fact we needed to go out there and do even more than we had in the first,” he said. “And that’s exactly what we did. I thought we defended well against the wind and showed heart and desire to keep plugging away to get back into the game. As soon as we got the equaliser, we knew there was time left in the game to go and get the winner; once again we defended well against a good Selby team and then managed to carve a good chance, when our forward went through one-on-one with the keeper, but unfortunately missed the target.”
“I have to admit I thought that was the last chance,” Lee conceded, “but once again we got another chance at the end; a similar position and the lad has brought him down and we converted the penalty – much to my relief as we have missed a fair few this year.”
“Selby are going to be up there come the end of the year,” Lee acknowledged, “so this is a good result for us – and one I feel we deserve following the previous week’s display.”

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