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MASON: “Our own performance was down on what we expect!”

Maltby Main stay sixth in the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division, but they are now level on points with Bottesford Town after the Poachers 1-0 victory over the Miners at the Birkdale Stadium yesterday – and Maltby Manager, Scott Mason admitted that his players fell short of their usual high standards, writes Colin Muncie.

A moment of brilliance from Bottesford’s Wayne Graves midway through the first-half decided the contest, leaving Scott bloodied but philosophical. “We just had one of those days yesterday,” he admitted. “We probably deserved a point from the game – we had enough chances and missed a penalty; but we all know we are better than our performance showed. The goal that won the game was quality. A wonder goal from around the halfway line and you just can’t stop them.”

“But our own performance was down on what we expect,” Scott conceded. “We didn’t do enough the first half – but we put it right at half-time and looked a different side the second-half. Getting nothing from the game is hard to take, but we will train this week and go again on Saturday.”

Scott feels that the Division is particularly competitive this season. “It’s a good League again this season, and looking at the table it’s hard to predict,” he told TBG. “Looking at results yesterday you have to respect every squad – and prepare correctly.”

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