Goals from Danny and Josh Walker overturned Iren Wilson’s early opener to give East Yorkshire Carnegie the points against Rossington Main and cement their mid-table position, whilst results elsewhere ensured that Rosso will also be playing NCEL football again next season, writes Ian Robinson.
Whilst happy with the result, Carnegie Manager Leon Sewell was unimpressed with the quality on show at Dunswell Park. “It wasn’t the best of games, if I’m brutally honest, I thought both teams were poor today,” he told us.
“Neither side really threatened one another with poor ball retention. On the other hand, I can’t complain too much as we’ve picked 7 points up and 2 clean sheets in a week from 3 games. We’ll take the 2-1 win for our last home game of the season, and it was great to see both Josh and Danny Walker on the score sheet.”
“We’re down to our last three games now and we’ll go again on Tuesday night when we travel to Skegness Town.”
From Rossington’s dugout Manager Ryan Hindley was as honest as ever as he spoke to Main media guy Russell Shepperd:
RS: The better team lost today!
RH: I think so! We tried to play today; I thought we were good. But again, as I said, ten chances to score one goal, us. Other teams have two or three chances and score two. And the goals… I want to be able to walk off a pitch soon and say two things: one, “I think the referee’s had a good game” and secondly what I want to be able to say is, “Brilliant today lads! Three chances, three goals”; not “they’ve had three chances, three chances and scored two.” We have six or seven half-decent chances, we score one goal. That’s the bugbear for me!”
Missed Johnny today but do you know what? Second-half I asked for a reaction and I got one. I think we’ve done everything but score but when you’re playing against a ref, that I believe, there’s two clear penalties and doesn’t give them…
RS: One was definitely hand ball.
RH: Yes, one’s definitely hand ball and Jordan’s in on the angle and he’s shoulder barged him in his back. If it’s anywhere else on the pitch it’s a foul but we’re not going to look at that.
What I will say is thank you to everyone at Rossington: the Committee, the fans, everyone else. We’re safe today, which is good so that’s objective achieved, I think. That’s what I came in to do. Like I said, we had four points. This club was going nowhere and now it’s building a good, solid squad. We need to make a few additions, we know that. Like I said just earlier, Russ, nine players… ten players involved today under 24 years old. It’s a good learning curve. People are getting better and better with games…
RS: And the effort’s there as well.
RH: The effort’s there and that’s all I can ask. Sometimes you don’t always get the rub of the green, as Harry Bassett would say, and we haven’t today. We haven’t got what we deserved but it’s a game and it’s gone. If somebody had told me this week: “you’ll get four points out of a possible nine”, given where we are, yeah I’d have taken that.
It’s a game next week now against Harworth that I want us to be at our best. I want the boys to go and express themselves and put some more daylight… I know obviously we’re safe but I want to finish as high as we can. I want people to look at us and think “God! I don’t want to play them next year!” I think at the minute think we’re just building something. We are building something.
Again, two subs. Three people dropping out, morning of the game. It’s not good enough so people are going to have to get better at that. It isn’t Sunday morning football. Watching it it’s like watching Sunday morning football, don’t get me wrong, with some of the comical goals and refereeing displays! We’ll lick our wounds and we’ll be in Tuesday and we’re going to be working hard to go and turn over Armthorpe. It’s as simple as that: it’s a local derby. It’s a game where I’d expect us to come out on the front foot and win.
Objective achieved. I’m pleased for the club. Like I said, I’m please for the punters, the people in and around this club. I came to keep them safe. We’ve done that… the players have done that! I haven’t done that! We brought the right players in. We’ve lost a lot of games we should have got something from but we’re safe and a great club like Rossington lives to fight another year in the EvoStik… I wish it was EvoStik!
RS: It would be nice!
RH: Yeah, it would be nice! One day maybe! We fight again in the Toolstation One next year and we will be bigger, we will be better and people will be better for all these experiences that they’ve got and we’ll come out of the traps.
But we’ve still got two big cup finals. We’ve still got two big cup finals against two teams: one’s scrapping for its life and the other is Swallownest, where all the players know each other. Two big games but I want the lads to go and express themselves. I want them to go and enjoy themselves and I want them to pat themselves on the back and realise what a great job they’ve done in keeping this club safe because it was never going to be safe. I think Carl knew that and the rest of the guys. We’ve come in and the players have done that. Not me! I pick a team. The players have come out and the players have kept this club up so testament to them.
Most of them will be around next year, hopefully. Some won’t. I’m seeing more and more that some aren’t just good enough to get this club where it needs to be but we thank them for their efforts. We’ve got two good home games now where hopefully we can get some big crowds in, put some money behind the bar, put some money in the club and go give it I right go next year.
I’m proud of the lads. They’ve worked hard. They’ve given their maximum. They’ve just not got what I believe that they’ve deserved, Russ. And thanks to you as well! Thanks for everything.