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McGuire changed the game…by dragging himself off as Thackley come from behind to win!

You must give a lot of credit to young Thackley player-manager Patrick McGuire as he took himself off during last night’s 4-2 win over neighbours Eccleshill United – something which must have been a difficult decision.

McGuire’s side were two-nil down just after the break, and at that point McGuire hauled himself off being replaced by Jerome White. This, alongside a couple of other substitutions inspire Thackley to four second half goals and a remarkable turn-around for the Dennyboys.

“Credit to Eccleshill they started the game by doing everything I wanted us to do. They were calm on the ball, stayed organised and caused us problems. We’d had a really poor 1st half and would have liked to get in at 0-0 but we conceded just before the break and it was a goal Eccy were more than value for.”

“For 70 minutes it’s probably the poorest we’ve played all season. I really found the tough side of being a ‘player/manager’ as I was trying to raise the lads and demand standards, yet I was the worst player on the pitch! At least I can say I made the difference in turning the game in our favour by dragging myself off!”

“At 2-0 they were absolutely cruising and the one time we actually knocked it around a bit we earned a penalty which really turned the game for us. From then on we looked like the side I know we can be and played with a real intensity and purpose. Jerry White came on as we switched the formation and he was superb and we began to look dangerous. There was a lot of talk about bragging rights before the game but with us being 15 points behind them it’s nothing we’ll shout about too loudly.”

“Eccleshill are having a great first season and last night for the majority of the game they showed why. Absolute credit to their lads, every one of them were gracious in defeat. Sean Regan is someone I have a lot of time for as both a Manager and a man and he messaged me this morning to congratulate us once again.”

“Rarely do you get acts of class like that unfortunately. I’ve got to take my hat off to our lads though, the character they showed was unbelievable and they could have thrown in the towel but they stuck at it and earned the result. Its nice to hit the 30-point mark and hopefully we can have a strong finish to the season; there’s still plenty of points to play for.”

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