Bottesford Town sit eighth in the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division this morning after a home win over Maltby Main (sixth and on the same number of points as the Poachers) by the narrowest of margins at Ontario Road yesterday. Wayne Graves’ goal on 20 minutes decided a hard-fought contest in front of a crowd of 75 at the Birkdale Stadium, leaving Scunthorpe’s ‘Great Pretender’ and Bottesford’s Head of Media Operations, Howard Pirie admitting that it wasn’t like watching ‘Barcelona’, writes Colin Muncie.
“It was a very attrition game against a strong Maltby Main side who battled well against a well-organised Bottesford Town team,” Howard told TBG. “Wayne Graves proved to be the bit of class in an otherwise scrappy game with a quality 50-yard lob at the opposition keeper. Bottesford nearly shot themselves in the foot, conceding a penalty through the goalkeeper trying to shield the ball out of play. He must have seen it on television, but sadly he didn’t have the acting abilities of a Premiership stopper. Maltby’s use of the Queen’s English left a lot to be desired as they continuously questioned the referee’s weight, eyesight and general capabilities. Both fullbacks – Jack Bowskin and Jack Cross – had excellent games but that doesn’t detract from a thoroughly workmanlike performance from a Bottesford side growing in confidence and stature with every passing game.”
Howard continues to test the resilience of Poachers’ top man Tony Reeve. “The Chairman needs to reassess the realisation of Evo-Stik League football if we can carry this impetus going forward,” Howard warned, before reminding TBG of the club’s complex incentive scheme. “The lads got their win and kipper bonus. Everyone’s a winner and we are living the dream, so long may it continue.”
“As in the words of Freddie Mercury, “Don’t stop me now, I’m having such a good time, I’m having a ball.”