A last minute Lewis Bemrose goal for Bottesford Town yesterday sent Thackley and their manager Patrick McGuire back to North Bradford pointless – losing 2-1 after initially taking the lead.
“We started the game well”, said McGuire, “We managed to get in a few times and looked lively, resulting in our goal which came through some good build up play and a fine finish from young Asa Mitchell scoring his first goal in senior football.
“Pleasingly, we continued to press and looked for the second which didn’t come before the break as we would have wanted. We knew Bottesford would come at us and our plan was to continue to press and get about them, as if we sat off and allowed them to play they would grow in confidence.
“Unfortunately that didn’t materialise and Bottesford got the equaliser albeit through a penalty, but it was nothing less than they deserved. We made the decision to sit tight and take what would have been a decent point back to Bradford, but then looked like sneaking a winner with us hitting the bar three times from one corner.
“With us having the better of the first half and them the second, a draw would probably have been a fair result but that’s the beauty of this game – it ain’t fair! Low and behold we don’t deal with a long punt forward in the 94th minute and a defensive mix up let’s them in.
“The lads were gutted, as were we in terms of the result, but performance wise it wasn’t bad at all and we’re not far off. The problem is we’ve been ‘not far off’ for a couple months now and we’ll be holding a team meeting before training on Tuesday to assess where we’re at and how we’re going to get where we want to be.”