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PIRIE hugely disappointed after end of season flop

Time for Bottesford Town’s Head of Media Operations, the legendary MC Hammered Howard Pirie to dig out those Speedos and sandals ahead of his summer break – but H won’t be heading for the sun in the best of humour after the Poachers went down 5-2 to sixteenth-placed Albion Sports in the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division at the Birkdale Stadium yesterday afternoon.

The result sees Bottesford finish in the same 12th place that they occupied in their first season after promotion in 2016 – and Howard admitted that it had been a frustrating final day, writes Colin Muncie.

The Lions’ Eddie Church had the visitors two up at the break (11 and 40 minutes) in front of the 44 crowd. Luke Aldrich (65 minutes) stretched the lead to three before Robbie Leaning got the home side back in the contest with twenty minutes to go. Aldrich’s second on 80 minutes, however, and a fifth Albion goal from Christian Smith (86 minutes) secured the three points, leaving Jaime Ture to give Howard something to cling on to for next season with a last-minute goal for the Scunthorpe side.

“It was a hugely disappointing end to the season,” Howard conceded. “The Albion goalkeeper should have been sent off for accosting our centre forward, but only got a yellow; our right back got a second yellow for a stupid reaction to the referee and had to make the walk, and then our midfielder got a straight red for putting his arm across their player. It didn’t make for a great game as it was a bit lopsided, but now we have a bit of time to lick our wounds.”

“We would like to thank our management, our players and our 8 followers for this season.”

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