A big win for Toolstation NCEL Division One leaders Grimsby Borough, level on points with Campion and three points ahead of Hallam after a 2-0 victory at sixth-placed Dronfield Town at the H E Barnes Stadium yesterday afternoon – and otherwise – engaged Wilderness Boys Joint Manager Daniel Barrett will have racked up his phone bill as he kept a close eye on events in North East Derbyshire, writes Colin Muncie.
After a goal-less first-half in front of a crowd of 65 on Stonelow Road, Jack Debnam put Borough ahead five minutes into the second-half, and James Dean-Atkinson clinched the points with just seven minutes left. “I wasn’t at today’s game,” Daniel told us. “I won’t lie – the phone has been out every 10 minutes much to the girlfriend’s amusement. I have had reports back that Debbo scored a “worldie” and it was a very good performance. Another two goals and clean sheet, which is great for us.”
Looking forward to Tuesday night’s clash between Hallam and Campion, Daniel told us, “the pressure now swings to second and third this midweek, and both teams need a win so it will be interesting.”
“Obviously someone is going to drop points, which makes the next two weeks even more exciting.”
Mathematically, Dronfield Town are six points away from securing a fantastic sixth place, with Worsbrough Bridge Athletic, Parkgate and Selby Town all capable of overtaking them; but the latter two clubs both have to face Hallam, and in Parkgate’s case, Campion as well; so Manager Chris Millington will be looking to get the job done without any help from anyone else. Reflecting on yesterday’s defeat, he told TBG, “we were beaten by one of – if not the – best team in the League yesterday. We had a plan to keep it tight in the first-half and then be a bit more expressive in the second half. The first-half went to plan but then we never really started in the second-half. We turned the ball over cheaply all afternoon, even when we were not under pressure to do so and when you do that against a team like Grimsby who are good in possession, they pull you around the pitch and make it a long afternoon for you.”
“We spoke after about how we need to take a bit more responsibility on the ball and be a bit braver. We will train on Tuesday and prepare for what will be a really good game against Ollerton Town who had a massive result yesterday.”