In their first Toolstation NCEL Division One game of 2019, Shirebrook Town went down 7-0 to Selby Town at the Fairfax Plant Hire Stadium; fast forward to yesterday, and Shirebrook exacted excellent revenge in the reverse fixture at Langwith Road with a come-from-behind win over the Robins, down to seventh after three consecutive defeats – and as new Shirebrook Assistant Manager, Carl Plastow admitted, they had goalkeeper Levi Owen to thank for kick-starting the win, writes Colin Muncie.
Liam Flanagan put the visitors ahead after just seven minutes, but after Owen’s spot-kick heroics, Ben Charlesworth struck twice (34 and 36 minutes) to give the home side a 2-1 interval lead in front of an excellent crowd of 115. Lewis Macaskill clinched the win with the third on 78 minutes.
It was all change behind the scenes at Shirebrook last week after that 2-2 draw with FC Bolsover, so Carl was delighted to get off to a flyer. “Our first game in charge, so we couldn’t be prouder of the lads from the start,” Carl told us. “I thought we had the better chances, although the turning point in the game was a penalty saved by Levi. After that, we found something extra in the locker and found two quick goals and getting the third killed the game off.”
“It was a fully deserved win in the end – and a brilliant start for us in the NCEL.”
Goalscorer Flanagan added, “I thought we played really well and deserved to win. We ran are self into the ground and worked for each other which has been missing of late, you work hard in this league you will win games but you need everyone to work for 90 minutes and can’t carry anyone.
“I am sure a lot of people will agree the standard has dropped massively in the Northern Counties team wise and the standard of the officials, but that’s only my opinion I have played at this level from 17 years old.