Just four games survived the weather in both Toolstation NCEL Divisions yesterday, but the Bootiful Game was still able to cover 25% of them. Our intrepid reporter, Steve Hewitt made his way to Scrooby Road to watch Harworth Colliery climb off the bottom of Division One with a win over Glasshoughton Welfare; and not only did Steve hold on to his hat, he held on to his notepad too to provide us with his thoughts on a game played in strong winds. Off you go, Steve…
NCEL Division One
16/03/19 15:00 Kick Off.
Harworth Colliery 2
Chris Lovett 49, Mason Barlow (Pen) 55
In blustery conditions, it was Harworth who started the better of the two sides. Their passing game suited the conditions and their need for points showed in their determination. Glasshoughton produced the best effort of the first half on 29 minutes when Matthew Semley saw his long range effort tipped over by Jamie Hooley in the Harworth goal. Despite the efforts of both teams, there was no score at the break.
The second half again saw Harworth start well and their efforts were rewarded on 49 minutes. The ball was handled during the build-up but the Referee played the advantage and from a tight angle Christ Lovett found the target. It was just what Harworth deserved. Their lead was doubled on 55 minutes when a penalty was awarded for a clumsy challenge and up stepped Mason Barlow to send the visiting ‘keeper the wrong way. Glasshoughton continued in their attempt to get back into the game but today was Harworth’s day. By now the wind and rain was spoiling the efforts of both sides and the final whistle signalled celebrations from the Harworth bench.
Starting Line Ups.
Harworth Colliery: Jamie Hooley, Jordan Hardman, Jacob Dawson, Jack Barnett, Keegan Townrow, Lee Edmondson (Captain), Chris Lovett, Matthew Booth, Tom Mullen, Mason Barlow.
Glasshoughton: Jacob Collier, Geryas Chipasha, Mark Lumb, Craig Tonkinson, Adam Walsh, Sam Pashley, Matthew Semley, Gareth Hunter (Captain), Tom Carr, Ryan Poskitt, Ryan Perks.
Quote from Harworth Manager Craig Spink: “Conditions didn’t really suit us today, put a few new faces in and thought we thoroughly deserved the three points. We continued to play even in 50 mph winds and create chances; we stuck to the game plan.
“Thought the lads were outstanding and continued to press and put pressure on for 90 minutes. Eight games remaining, if we put the same effort in, we will be climbing the table sooner than later.”