A 97th minute Steve Wankiewicz winner for Worksop Town saw heartbreak for Bottesford Town at Birkdale Park as they let go a 2-0 lead at the break.
A crowd of 168 saw Martin Pembleton and Lewis Bemrose put the host in front but then a remarkable turnaround from the league leaders saw a brace from Matthew Sykes, then an injury time winner sparking wild scenes.
Head of Media Operations Howard Pirie was honest as ever in his post match analysis. “Game of two halves today, wind didn’t help, we edged it first period but Worksop had a lot of possession in the second half.”
“I thought we were holding our own until the penalty, that gave Worksop the impetus to crack on and push the game. The winning goal in the last minute was the killer, as I don’t feel it was a foul but it was and hey ho!”
“I take great pride in our little side that the ensuing pitch invasion by their dugout obviously meant a lot to Worksop. I will say it again, the table doesn’t lie and Worksop’s resilience proved why they are top of the table, we can learn a lot from our opponents fortitude and they played until the final whistle.”
“Disappointing that the referee and his two linesman didn’t have time to have their post match meal, they must have had a prior engagement to get too. We are quite close to having a championship pushing side and the lads are honest enough to see they have been outfoxed today.”
“Big shout out today to Martin Pembleton who managed to play through the game with his IBS and to Jaime Ture who was sponsor’s man of the match, also a big call to Wayne Gravy who without playing has put himself in with a great chance of winning player of the year. Well done Wayne, keep it up.”
Assistant Manager Leigh Herrick was just as honest. “Where do I start? There are so many football related phrases that get bandied about but today was the epitome of a game of two halves.”
“In the last 3 weeks we’ve played Penistone and Worksop and for 135 minutes out of the two games we’ve more than held our own.”
“First half we were very good. We made the right decisions at the right and important times and nobody could argue we weren’t value for our 2-0 lead. I said in the week though, that we’ve had peaks and troughs this season and that was never more evident than today.”
“After the peak of the first half we definitely saw the trough in the second. But in the second half we faced a different set of circumstances, playing against 12 men.”
“Worksop brought 120’ish fans today and they literally dragged them over the line. In the first half, when we were on top they were very quiet, stunned maybe, but in the second half when their team needed them they were excellent.”
“If you were a neutral in the ground you’d probably say a point was possibly a fair result but credit where it’s due, Worksop kept going and scored more than us and will be some force to stop with the manner of today’s victory, the confidence they have and that fantastic support backing them.”
“As for us, we’ll dust ourselves off and now have a week to prepare for the game away at Garforth next Saturday, hopefully get some bodies back and we’ll go there and do our best to try and get back to winning ways.”