There’ll be a tremendously worthy cause behind tomorrow’s Saturday’s Toolstation NCEL Division One clash at Walesby Lane, when fifteenth-placed Ollerton Town welcome FC Bolsover; the home side will be donating all the gate receipts in support of a local Boughton School, the 240-pupil St Joseph’s Academy, who are fundraising to purchase a defibrillator. It’s a wonderful cause and gesture, and the reaction to both has taken Press Officer and Ollerton Committee member, Liam Kent, a little by surprise, writes Colin Muncie.
“I’d just like to start by thanking everyone for their kind words and their support on social media,” Liam told TBG. “The reaction to Saturday’s game has been a bit crazy! I saw this morning that Keith Hackett had tweeted about it, so word’s obviously being spread far and wide, so thanks to everyone for that.”
“I look at a lot of clubs in this League, the likes of Dronfield and Rossington, and they’re a big part of their respective communities,” he acknowledged. “They’ve got great facilities and/or a wealth of kids teams, but unfortunately at the minute we’re not in a position to have that, so it’s important that we do things like this when the opportunity comes about. I think our highest attendance since being in the NCEL is about 142, so obviously it would be great if we could top that. We’ve got 25 pupils from the School coming down and hopefully we can attract a few more from Ollerton who maybe haven’t visited us before!”
Liam turned his attention to matters on the park. “Of course, there’s a game of football to be played too and it’s a big game for both sides,” he reminded us. “Bolsover are a completely different animal to how they were a few months ago, so massive respect to Matt and his team for the turnaround. There’s a great team spirit amongst our lads at the minute and we’ll be hoping to continue our unbeaten run and move further away from the drop. Bolsover are also in a rich vein of form, so it looks set to be an entertaining game; but fingers crossed we can get the win and also make a good amount for a great cause!”