Chatfield has high praise for officials after Shirebrook draw

FC Bolsover stretched their unbeaten run in Toolstation NCEL Division One to five games yesterday when a late equaliser secured a point in the reverse Langwith Road derby with fourteenth-placed Shirebrook Town. Bolsover are still bottom, and their ten points have all been accumulated in an uptick in form since the beginning of December – but yesterday’s game left their Manager, Matt Chatfield a little non-plussed, writes Colin Muncie. (Main photograph by Nigel Owen)

As it happened, it was the ‘home’ side who hit the front through Jack Warwick after 38 minutes, a lead they retained until half time. The crowd of 108 then saw Shirebrook turn the game on its head through Bradley Swain (52 minutes) and Chris Timons (67 minutes), but with time running out, Cameron Hough levelled for Bolsover.

The result was the signal for wholesale changes to Shirebrook’s Committee and Management team, bringing to an end Alan Widdowson’s short spell in charge, but Matt summarised the result against a background of other results in and around his club. “It was a frustrating game to be honest,” he told TBG. “I never really thought we got going. It was a shame really because of how results went around us; we could have put more pressure on the teams near us. However, this is the beauty of the League and football in general – you never know what’s going to happen once the whistle goes.”

“Credit to Shirebrook,” Matt acknowledged. “They clearly had a plan to disrupt our play and had brought in some of the old lads who bolstered their squad, but our lads battled through and got a goal in the 94th minute. We’ll take that any day especially in a derby match when we have been so poor, especially in the second half.”

Matt only had good words for the referee and assistants. “The officials were fantastic,” Matt told us. “They spoke about their decisions and were more than happy to have a chat after the game.”

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