It wasn’t quite the night Nostell Miners Welfare and their Joint Manager Jason Dodsworth expected – as they could only draw 1-1 with mid-table Glasshoughton Welfare – in a game watched by 176. (Main photograph by Non League Yorkshire)
Nostell were trying to beat the attendance set a few weeks ago on a Friday night of 236, but with England playing this could not be beaten, however this is still a big increase on their average of 106.
Glasshoughton took the lead just before the break after a convincing first half but ended with Sam Pashley’s second of the season. The three points seemed to be heading back to Castleford with Lee Vigars and Darren Holmes but a stunning last minute goal from James Eyles on his debut rescued a point for Nostell.
Home team Joint Manager Jason Dodsworth was, on balance delighted with the points. “You get what you deserve in football and tonight we might just have deserved a point. JUST!!!!!!!”
“We were lucky to be still in the game at half time as Glasshoughton out worked us, out battled us and probably should have been 2 or 3 up but for our ‘keeper.”
“We finally got started after about 55 minutes and dominated the remainder of the game without really creating any clear cut chances. Then a wonder strike from substitute Jimmy Eyles got us a point in the last few minutes.”
“It’s another game unbeaten and credit to our players they keep plugging away every game, but we can’t allow teams to start in this league. We will regroup and go again and prepare for next week.”
While Vigars on reflection was pleased with a point, “game of two halves tonight – we’ve totally bossed the first 45 and Nostell controlled the second. We’ve come in at half-time a little disappointed not to have been at least 3 or 4 goals in front.”
“So many chances created, we’ve hit the woodwork, their ‘keeper has pulled off a number of great saves and it took until the last minute before the interval to break the deadlock with a Sam Pashley bullet header. We told the boys to expect a backlash and that’s what happened. Nostell were very strong in the second-half and we had to defend wave after wave of attacks. Our backline were superb tonight and dealt with pretty much everything thrown at them.”
“We’ve had further chances both before and after their equaliser to kill the game off, but failed to do so. However credit where it’s due – the strike that equalised for them was quality. No ‘keeper would have saved that, but to our lads credit we kept on going – we weren’t satisfied with a point, we wanted to win the game but it wasn’t to be. All in all it was a great local derby which sets up the return fixture at our place in a couple of weeks time.”
While Holmes was delighted with the performance. “We were excellent tonight.The lads worked very hard for 90 minutes.The first half we could have had the game well and truly wrapped up.Thought we totally dominated most of the play and created some clear cut chances.We hit the post and Nostell’s ‘keeper made some great saves.”
“We were rewarded right on half-time with a great Pash header from one of many corners and went in with a well deserved lead. The second-half Nostell expectantly pushed more players forward and we were under the cosh for much of the half but defended as a team very well. Alex in goal making his debut was outstanding.”
“Unfortunately a worldy in the 90th minute robbed us of a well deserved win. All in all though it was a very good game and another great advertisement for Friday night football.”