Disappointment for Nostell Miners Welfare in their last home game of an excellent Toolstation NCEL Division One campaign as they fell to a 2-1 defeat to fourth-placed Winterton Rangers, a result which moved the Scunthorpe side level on points with Hallam – and both Managers agreed that their sides gave contrasting performances in each half of an exciting game, writes Colin Muncie.
Nostell deservedly led 1-0 at the break thanks to Jack Cowgill’s 26th-minute goal, but the crowd of 87 at the Welfare Ground saw Rangers turn the game on its head in the second-half to take the points through front two Luke Anderson (60 minutes) and Eliot Broughton (65 minutes). The pair have now contributed thirty-one goals between them this season.
Victorious Manager Scott Hellewell admitted that the game could have been over at the break. “What a game of two halves that was,” he explained. “We were horrific in the first half – they could have been five up – but after a few words at half-time we came out in the second-half a completely different team. We were very good and took the game to them. It shouldn’t take a half-time team talk to get that reaction out of players, but tonight showed we do have something about us.”
“Nostell are a very good side and attacking-wise are very dangerous; but one more win and we have secured 4th spot, so we want to end the season on a high and win the last two.”
Nostell Joint Manager Jason Dodsworth offered almost a mirror-image analysis of the ninety minutes. “I’m disappointed to lose the game, to be honest,” he admitted. “We were outstanding in the first-half and the Winterton ‘keeper pulled off a few great saves. It should have been over as a contest, but unfortunately, that’s been the story of our season. In the second-half we didn’t play with the same intensity, Winterton upped their game and started to put us on the back foot. A clear push on our defender from a corner gave them their equaliser and then a deflected shot gave them the win. Its fine margins in football and we didn’t deserve to lose the game – but it’s all ifs and buts now. We will roll our sleeves up and go again on Saturday.”
Quite rightly, Jason put the result in perspective. “It’s hard not to be disappointed, but we have to remember where the club were twelve months ago and where we are now,” he insisted. “The lads have been great and I am certain that we are heading in the right direction.”
“Thanks to everyone that’s supported us at home this season and all our staff and volunteers – Sime (Joint Manager Simon Houghton) and I appreciate everyone’s efforts.”