Goole AFC’s mini revival came to an abrupt halt at the Victoria Pleasure Ground yesterday, where despite taking a first half lead through Bill Law’s strike, The Vikings were picked off in the second period by a Handsworth Parramore side, whose victory moved them up into 8th place, writes Ian Robinson. (Main photograph by Ken Allesbrook)
Waide Fairhurst levelled things up from close range before his strike partner Ross Duggan opened his Amber Parras account, with Fairhurst sealing the win from the penalty spot just on full-time.
Handsworth’s Joint Interim Manager, Jon Froggatt was far from happy with his teams first 45 minutes and revealed that a half time rocket was needed to up the tempo.
“I thought the first half was as bad as we’ve played in a long time. We said before the game, like we did last week, that just because of the league positions, it doesn’t mean we can just turn up expecting to win games. Goole are improving and have some decent players in their squad now. The conditions and pitch again weren’t great but that’s the same for both sides!”
“Half time came and there were some harsh words said, but I asked for a massive reaction, and we certainly got that. The game was played mostly in Goole’s half with the tempo really high, and we limited them to minimal chances, got the ball down into good areas and played some great football at times, ultimately leading to three second-half goals.”
“I was pleased to see both strikers scoring and beginning to link up well. Again the lads showed great togetherness and worked hard for each other all over the pitch, it was 100% better, so I’m proud of them for that. We just have to learn that we need to start games the way we are finishing them, because if we can do that for 90 minutes we’re more than a match for anyone in this league.”
“We wish Goole and especially Danny Buttle all the best for the rest of the season.”