Hello and welcome to the Jones and co stadium, the season albeit in the early stages has been a bit stop start with no game last Saturday and no game this Saturday due to exiting out of the FA Vase so hopefully get a good run of games after Newark next Wednesday.
Unfortunately I could not make the FA Vase game due to a pre-booked stag doo but from what I hear there was nothing in the game and the visitors took their chances, although we are all disappointed we have been knocked out of the vase it did allow the management team to look at the players who have not had much game time and this is really important to keep the squad fresh and also fighting for their places.
The previous game saw is beat our local rivals Retford, we could not of got off to a worse start when Michael Ball dislocated his finger in the warm up and with no sub keeper on the bench Mark Latham filled in.
We then went 1-0 down after 5 mins and then to make matters even worse Sol Williams came off with what looked like a season finishing injury but we have a got players at the club that want to play for the shirt again and in true colliery style the lads thought back and deserved their 2nd half equaliser through Ainsley Finney who transferred back to the Colliery in the week from Retford, the goal was quite fortuitous as it ricocheted back off Ainsley but with all the bad luck we deserved some good luck !
We then had Alex Boyd sent off for kicking the ball away (something Retford had done all game when winning) but when he’s gone to kick it out the ball struck the lad who had gone down injured so the referee deemed this has a red card, the visitors were in uproar and rightly so as all teams protect their players and to be honest if it happened to one of our players then I would have been the same but I can guarantee Boydy did not mean any harm in what he did.
So down to 10 we rolled our sleeves up and worked even harder and when the ball fell to the inform Leigh Warriner just outside the box he produced a thunder bolt into the bottom corner que the celebrations from the bench and the loyal Colliery crowd who again came in their numbers again which the management and players really appreciate, so thanks again.
Retford then laid seize to our goal but man of the match Latham and the back line stood firm and for me got we what deserved.
The work rate was immense from start to finish and this is what we demand week in week out, not just against our local rivals but every team we face and there is no excuse as the lads are as fit as I have seen them and with numbers good in training and everyone fighting for places one thing I guarantee is the lads will work their socks off for the badge week in week.
The result was a fantastic one and a day to remember but the end of the day we have only played 2 so don’t want to get carried away, yes it’s been a promising start but we need to stay focused as its going to be a long season and it would not be the Colliery if it’s not a roller coaster one!
On to tonight’s visitors Phoenix, I have known Daz Newson for a while now and I know he will be doing everything tonight to get a result, they sit the wrong end of the table although they have played two of the fancied sides this season in Stavely reserves and Dinnington so a real tough start to the campaign and one he will want to get back on track tonight which is why we need to remain focussed and work has hard as ever as we look to close the gap on the front runners.
All that’s left is to say enjoy the game with a cuppa and a bite to eat from Tom’s Tea room and safe journey home to all.