A second-half goal from William Dodds earned Shirebrook Town their first point in nine games as they came from behind to draw with visitors East Yorkshire Carnegie and preserve their NCEL status after a difficult season, writes Ian Robinson. (Photographs by Nigel Owen)
As it turned out, Harworth’s defeat at Rossington meant that Town would have been safe anyway, bar a massive shift in goal difference in the next week, but Shirebrook ‘keeper and newly crowned Supporters Player of the Season Levi Owen was quick to praise his team mates for getting themselves over the line.
“Getting the point that makes us safe means the world to me and the lads. On a day better suited to cricket, the lads ran their hearts off for the badge, even when we went one down. Everyone on the pitch played their part, and overall a point is the least we deserved. Most of the lads are from Shirebrook and we said before the game, let’s not be the ones to take the village’s team down. And on the note of local lads stepping up, I’ve got to mention Doddy, a bobbling ball, on his weak foot to finish like he has, was superb, coming four years after his last goal for us. Let’s hope the next one comes a bit quicker!”
“A great deal of credit goes to Gaz and Carl who have stepped up from the reserves and have kept morale going, even when results have been tough to take. The dressing room is one you’d expect to see for a top six team, and that’s credit to them.”
“I’d like to offer my commiserations to Harworth and Bolsover. What a great fight back it’s been from both clubs. I’m just glad we could do enough in the end, but I’m sure both clubs will bounce back next year.”
“We go on to Campion on Tuesday night, and hopefully we can stop what seems to be a promotion party and everybody at Hallam and Grimsby Borough better believe we’ll do our upmost to send the season right down to the last day.”
“Up the Brook!”