Last word on the midweek action goes to Ian Richards and his Penistone Church side who ran out 7-3 winners away at Eccleshill United on an epic night in Bradford.
Star of the show Kieran Ryan bagged a hat trick which pleased Richards who spoke to the awaiting media afterwards. “Seven goals! Away from home, excellent, on a Wednesday night! A long trip for a number of players. It’s brilliant. Some of the footballing was scintillating. Excellent link up play, movement, quality in and around the box and great finishing.”
“Really pleased for Kieran Ryan to get his hat-trick. He’s had to be patient; the front three have been playing really well. Andy Ring today had to drop out: his partner hurt, had had a minor operation, but just advised that she shouldn’t be on her own with Finlay, so Andy didn’t play and that’s why we have a squad. Because of Kieran’s excellent attitude and his mindset – the way he goes about his business – he got his rewards and his three goals were all of real quality in different ways. His link up play, his passing and his movement were first class.”
“We started really well. A fast start, which we wanted. What we did very well was they tried to play out through the lines, through midfield and across the back and we really pressured high. It started with the front three, the midfield three then the full backs got really high and down one side and we won the ball back numerous times in good areas, then we could break on them with good quality. Scriv’s goal came from that: Nath, a great pass through for Sam’s composed finish in the bottom corner.”
“Jordan Coduri’s got our hundredth goal this season. He got the first one, a perfect Penistone Church quality, as I said at half-time. Got the ball, played it out to the full back, great ball into central striker who’s had two touches. Set up Danny Howes who’s played it inside to Ash, third man, one from Cuds with the lines. Great ball by Ash, who’s got that quality in him and it’s a composed finish. It’s gone into the top corner so it was a great start.”
“Disappointed that they scored from their first attack. We could have dealt better three times before the lad’s hit his shot to hit the bar. It was a good fingertip save by Snaithy. Their lad’s fought the best and got an easy tap in. We didn’t really follow it in so that was a little bit disappointing but the reaction was very good to going in at half time 3-1. We talked at half-time to make sure we got the first goal in the second half so we didn’t have a situation like Bottesford and the players learned from that and got the fourth. Then maybe we weren’t ruthless enough to get the fifth or didn’t manage the game well enough.
But Eccleshill are at home: they’re a good side at home. They’re going to have a go and their second goal we could have definitely dealt with better but their third was a great ball in and a great finish and took out the defence and Chris Snaith. We could have crumbled under that. They could have gone back in. The impetus was with them but we scored a brilliant fifth goal for Kieran’s hattrick and then we just really run and killed the game.”
“Great we didn’t stop and got a sixth, got a seventh and that’s why we’re averaging three goals a game in the League. We’ve score 106 and we’ve definitely cemented ourselves in the top three nationally for most goals scored at Step 5. But also a brilliant performance. I said after the Worksop defeat that we make sure that we go into the last two games of the season mathematically with a chance of winning it and we’ve done that. Won four, drawn one since that game. It is Champion’s form but we know that team from North Nottinghamshire have done even better!
I’ve just said to the players there, that was the final away game of the season and I asked them to start to improve their away form. They’ve done that and it’s a great way to finish. It’s a good memory to finish away from home. We’ve got to enjoy that, enjoy the performance, enjoy the result, enjoy that we’re going into our last two games with a mathematical chance of winning the League.”