Ninth in Toolstation NCEL Division One, Dronfield Town kicked off 2019 in much the same vein as they had in 2018 and after their 3-0 home win over Skegness Town (14th) at the HE Barnes Stadium – both Management teams agreed that the result was pretty much the right one, writes Colin Muncie.
It took just a minute for Connor Chapell to put Town ahead from the spot, giving the home side a slender advantage at the break. The 105-strong crowd on Stonelow Road saw Christian Savage score twice in the second half (63 and 87 minutes) to clinch the three points.
Dronfield Manager, Chris Millington was more than happy with the day’s work. “Yesterday was probably our most complete performance of the season, in my opinion,” he told TBG. “We knew that Skegness would like to get the ball down and play, so we changed our shape a little to counter that and to get more bodies around the ball when we gained possession. We had a great start scoring after one minute – and any Manager will tell you that it immediately settles you.”
“The front six moved the ball really well and the back five were solid and made good decisions all game,” Chris summarised – and he had a word or two for the backroom staff and volunteers. “I was delighted that Sav got a couple as his performance yesterday – and general attitude – has been great. It was also great to see over 100 at the game again and the pitch is looking better than it ever has, which is credit to the Committee and the Groundsmen.”
“We move on to another tough game against Winterton at home on Saturday which we are all looking forward to.”
Lilywhite’s Joint Manager, Nathan Collins admitted that his resources had been stretched, but gave great credit to the hosts. “We were beaten by the better team today,” he acknowledged. “We were already decimated by injuries – and then to lose our 2 centre halves after 20 minutes made things very tough for us. But take nothing away from Dronfield – they have a good little side down there, with great people behind the scenes and we wish them all the best for the rest of the season.”
Nathan’s attention turned to widening his selection options. “From our point of view, we need to get some of the injured players back ASAP,” he insisted, “and hopefully we will have a couple of new signings next week which will strengthen us – as we only have a small squad at the moment.”