Pandemonium at Sandy Lane yesterday afternoon as Maltby Main, sixth in the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division went from despair to delight in the last ten minutes of their clash with Handsworth Parramore, who now sit tenth in the table after the Miners snatched victory from the jaws of defeat in a pulsating finale – and Manager, Scott Mason believes that the late win is testimony to the team spirit at Muglet Lane, writes Colin Muncie.
After the 141 crowd had seen a goalless first half, Josh Nodder stabbed home via visiting ‘keeper Jim Pollard with just six minutes left; but the South Yorkshire side were by no means finished, and after Steven Hopewell headed the equaliser on 87 minutes, Jordan Turner finished from the edge of the box to trigger those Maltby celebrations.
Main Manager, Scott Mason will be hoping that his legendary good looks won’t be impacted by being in the middle of the victory scenes. “Yesterday we got a great away win in a game where we thought a point would be okay after 80 minutes,” he told us. “We had created the better chances – but the game had a point each all over it. But then we go one nil down to an own goal – that we didn’t really see coming – in the 83rd minute. That goal forced us into our last change; Cam Rigby came on and got us on the front foot again. We created two good chances and took them both.”
“I’m still recovering from the scenes after JTs 90th minute winner because I got smashed in the nose by one of our lads!” Scott revealed. “But it was the result we all wanted after finishing 2018 strongly. The lads are working hard on and off the pitch, we have a great togetherness and the dressing room has a great feeling. As a Manager/Management team, naming a starting eleven is hard because the depth we have is great; but yesterday we all stuck together again – and the bench played a big part in coming on and contributing to a good win.”
Match winner Jordan Turner wasn’t surprised by how the game unfolded. “I felt that it was always going to be a tight, competitive game,” Jordan told TBG. “We worked our socks off and reaped the rewards late on. I know we have a strong squad and a group of lads that are together, so we always felt in control of the game, and even when we went behind, I knew we had the characters to drive on and get us the win.”
“We looked fitter and stronger as the game went on, so I knew we would get stronger,” Jordan insisted. “The gaffer made positive changes – and what can I say about the scenes at the end! I was delighted to set up Hopewell for the equaliser and then to score the winner just put the icing on the cake. I had a bit to do from Cam Rigby’s pass, but I always back myself one on one, so I drove with the ball and found the corner.”
“We need to take the positives and self-belief – and move onto our next game against Bottesford.”