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BATES: “To be honest, I don’t think either side did enough to win the game!”

Campion extended their advantage at the top of Toolstation NCEL Division One after Omar Habeeb’s 89th-minute goal gave them the win over fellow title contenders Hallam at the Kay and Lane Insurance Stadium yesterday – and the Countrymen’s Joint Managers both felt that a draw would have been a much more accurate reflection of the ninety minutes, writes Colin Muncie.

The paying crowd of 78 at Manningham Mills saw Lee Bradshaw give Campion the lead after 39 minutes in a first-half overshadowed by a nasty-looking injury to Hallam midfielder Jake Currie. Hallam hit back early in the second half through Jack Waddle, but with the clock running down, Habeeb struck for the League leaders to decide the game.

Not for the first time Joint Manager, Stephen Whitehead bemoaned a slow start from his players. “I’m gutted, “Stephen told TBG. “We didn’t turn up in the first-half – then to lose the game on a block tackle that went in was hard to take, as the lads were superb second half.”
“We’ll go again – and see if we can start another run.”

Joint Manager, Scott Bates told TBG, “To be honest, I don’t think either side did enough to win the game. Once again, we weren’t at the races in the first half, but then I thought we got to grips with it in the second. I thought a draw would have been a fair result, but that’s football, sometimes it goes for you and sometimes it doesn’t.”

Scott had good words for his squad – and for the folk in the middle. “We have a great set of lads and mates at Hallam, and it’s a joy to be there,” he told us. “I’ll finish with this though – I thought the officials were great today in very testing conditions for us all.”

The Bootiful Game would like to extend its good wishes to Jake Currie and wishes him a speedy recovery.

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