Football fans throughout the cause of history are renowned to leave games a couple of minutes before the full-time whistle to “beat the traffic” or to visit the local publican house, however if they did this yesterday at Oxford Street then they would have missed the only goal of the game.
Rossington Main and Nostell MW looked like they were going to share the points, however, a 96th minute goal from Jack Owen sealed the victory which sparked wild scenes both on and off the field.
We caught up with joint manager Jason Dodsworth late last night, “If it was a boxing match it would have been stopped. I can’t praise my team enough today but the one negative I can say is you don’t deserve to win a game if you miss two penalties.
“First half we controlled the game and the Rossington keeper kept them in it with some outstanding saves. We knew we had to start quick second half as Rossington would come at us and we did but then our full back was sent off for making two tackles which to be honest baffled me with what he had let go from Rossington, but that’s football.
“Even with 10-men I still thought we were the better team even though we got hit on the break a few times which was expected being a man down we dealt with it quite well. Then after another few strange decisions we were both down to 10 men.
“We kept pushing and missed a few chances but the returning Jack Owen won us the game in the 96th minute and sent us into celebration. Unfortunately after that we had to dodge numerous cans and bottles thrown at the management and players from the crowd which put a sour taste on a really good game. But that is no reflection on the rossington team and committee as it werent there fault.
“All the best to Ryan and rossington for the season.”
Goalscorer Owen was delighted with the goal, and he gave us his own in-depth views, “So as you know coming back from a 3-match suspension and a win at Hallam for us last week, I was left out which was fair. So rossington away today, first half we started slow but slowly grew into the game.
“After a penalty miss and a great few saves from their keeper, I thought it wasn’t going to be our day in front of goal. But second half we flew out of the blocks and didn’t give them anytime on ball. I managed to get on about 65 minutes in and we flowed but final balled lacked a little. Then we had a major set back in Lewis Akeister our right back getting sent off. We restarted better with 10 and we went to a split two up top, me and Kai (Hancock) and we were having joy down the sides and clearly rossington were hanging on.
“A great ball to Kane Reece and a great touch from him saw him get fouled in the box for a second time and we had another penalty. MISSED AGAIN so by this point not our day but I got my chance in the 90+5 minute of the game and managed to lift it to the side of the keeper and it snook in off the inside of the post.
“Honest as I am, I was overwhelmed, never felt a feeling like it. Hard work paid off finally because it did go against us in the reverse fixture with there controversal goal, so I had to celebrate in the corner with a backflip and like I said, the feeling was unreal.
“During the celebration there fans got a bit edgy and it caused a scene with one of our centre half’s Wayne Ball. He got a can chucked at him so he chucked it back and got sent off, luckily that was pretty much the last kick of the game.
“A great team performance to snatch it and shows how far we have come defensively with 10 clean sheets now this season, and to get the winner again in a important match was overwhelming and a unbelievable feeling, makes you realise why I love football. We take it into Harworth game next week now.”