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STOCKS: “We were so poor, but I can’t put my finger on why. A New Year’s hangover? Over confidence?”

When the Swallownest Management team spoke to the Bootiful Game ahead of yesterday’s away clash with Toolstation NCEL Division One bottom side FC Bolsover, Assistant Manager, Joel Evans admitted that he was a little wary of the trip to Langwith Road; and as it turned out, he had every right to be, as Matt Chatfield’s much-improved side established a two goal lead at the interval; but Swallownest battled back against the ten-man hosts to grab a point in a 2-2 draw – and Manager, Jordan Stocks was happy to take the result and move on as quickly as possible, writes Colin Muncie.

FC Bolsover have been in fine form recently, and the 39 crowd saw Daniel Palmer (32 minutes) and Jake Morrison (39 minutes) give the hosts that half-time advantage; but after a little motivational speaking from the Swallownest technical area, the visitors roared back through an Ollie Grady penalty (52 minutes) and Joshua Statham’s leveller with eight minutes left.

Jordan was bewildered by his side’s display, “I’m glad today is over and we haven’t lost,” he admitted. “We were so poor, but I can’t put my finger on why. A New Year’s hangover? Over confidence? Whatever, we just didn’t get going, but fair play to Bolsover for the way that they disrupted us.”

“It’s a big learning curve, but the lads dug in and got a point, but I want to quickly forget about today.”

Assistant Joel Evans was keen to credit the opposition, but admitted that it wasn’t pretty in the away dressing room at the interval. “Today was a bad day at the office,” he conceded. “Fair play to Bolsover, who played the game with far more intent and desire than we did. I will always praise the players when credit is due – but today the lads were off it. Myself and Jordan let the lads know at half-time and to be fair to them we got a reaction, but the damage was done in the first half.”

“If we are to be a top half team, games like this need to be won,” Joel warned, adding, “the lads know training will be tough on Tuesday and standards have to be improved next week.  We will regroup and try and get a more positive result next Saturday.”

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