REACTIONS: NWCFL Managers give their thoughts on their league results

Sun 1st December 2019 | Manager Reactions
By Craig Kendall

NWCFL Premier Division

Charnock Richard 4-0 Hanley Town

Charnock Richard manager Ryan Donnellan, "We made a slow start to the game although we did have more chances and possession. The lads took on board what was discussed at half time and we ultimately took control of the game scoring some very well-worked goals. Hanley in all fairness played some good stuff early on but without causing us major problems."

Runcorn Town 1-2 Irlam

Runcorn Town manager Paul McManus, "Disappointed in the result today but most defiantly not our performance. I would say on the balance of play we where the better side today as am sure Irlam would too but the number of chances we created we needed to take more than we did otherwise it will bite you on the backside and that’s exactly what happened today in my opinion.

"Plenty of positives today to take into next week and we will be looking to bounce back straight away and build another run together."

Irlam manager Michael Dodd, "Today wasn’t one of our best or prettiest performances, but it will go down as one of the best wins I’ve had since being in charge here.

"We have had our forward line decimated in the past week. After losing Jordan Buckley to FC United a couple of months ago, we had Connor Martin, Jordan Icely, Marcus Perry and Liam Pollitt all unavailable through injury today. Jordan Southworth has played through illness, Ryan Ledson with a badly damaged eye for an hour and John Main has come in and scored on his debut.

"Danny Eyres has also come in for his first start in six weeks and ended up scoring the winner! I’m delighted with the way the whole squad have come together over the week; they’ve applied themselves brilliantly to get the three points today. Do not be fooled by Runcorn Town’s league position, they are a top, top side and not many teams will go there and win this season.

"All in all, as you can tell, I am delighted; we now fully refocus for Rylands on Tuesday night."

Whitchurch Alport 1-1 Barnoldswick Town

Barnoldswick Town manager Endrit Shehu, "Very very proud of my team today. We worked hard for the point and I believe we did enough to get the win today but it wasn’t meant to be. The first half looked dangerous on the counter-attack and managed to score a great goal from being positive and linked well in the final third.

"We conceded a poor goal again from a set-piece which we need to learn from. Second half we dealt well with Whitchurch’s pressure and created loads of scoring opportunities on the counter again. Overall a great result and we move onto a very important week with 2 home games where we need to show that winning mentality, work ethic and start winning games."

Winsford United 0-5 Skelmersdale United

Skelmersdale United manager Paul McNally, "The lads have set the standards high after today’s game. First half we rode our luck at times but scored two goals at the right moments and defended as a unit until half time.

"Second half was different we grew in confidence and bossed the game scoring three more goals and possibly could have had a few more. Overall very pleased with the win and how efficiently and ruthless we were taking our chances when they arrived, loads of excellent individual performances from back to front but the whole squad must take the plaudits as it was a collective effort - we now move on to a tough period of fixtures with renewed confidence."

1874 Northwich 0-0 Ashton Athletic

1874 Northwich manager Wayne Goodison, "Tough and close contest where we thought that both teams defended well to cancel each other's attack out. Probably just about an even game and we are happy to keep another clean sheet, and add another point.

"We focus now on another really difficult game on Monday away at Whitchurch."

Ashton Athletic manager Dougie Pitts, "A draw was probably a fair result on the balance of play. Northwich are a very good footballing side and like to get men forward. We have a lot of respect for Wayne and Paul and the way their teams play football; they have made a great start to the season.

"We felt we didn't get the ball down and play as much as we normally do yesterday, but we were pleased with our shape and application in the game and any team that stops Northwich scoring have done well.

"Northwich hit the bar with an excellent effort and then we've gone down the other end and missed a one on one. That shows how tight the game was. Perhaps on another day our goal in injury time may have stood too!

"Fine margins have stopped us taking all three points against the top two teams in the league over the last two games so the lads should be extremely proud of their efforts." 

Padiham 1-0 Burscough

Burscough manager Nick Matthews, "Thought we played well in the first half. We created some half-decent chances and controlled the game. We started the second half very well and should have scored.

"From 60th minute onwards Padiham took back control and scored with their first real chance, from then on our back four looked shakey and Padiham could have scored again on the counter-attack.

"The lads were disappointed at the end as they thought we had done enough to get the three points; other results also went against us. We need to start turning chances created into goals.

"Thought Padiham defence played well, they put their bodies on the line and the defence alone deserved the clean sheet."

Northwich Victoria 2-3 Squires Gate

Squires Gates manager Luke Evans, "An excellent performance from the lads today! We were punished for our mistakes today but we felt the goal before half time was huge for us to stay in the game and it came. 2-1 behind was probably fair although we felt we were well in the game. We switched things around the second half and made it extremely difficult for them on the break and we, unfortunately, took the chances that came our way.

"We withheld sustained pressure in the final moments but I feel on the balance of play we deserved the 3-2 victory. Some will look at this result and think we have had such a shock result but we know performances have been good recently and we believe a good run of form is round the corner and our hard work will be rewarded!" 

NWCFL First Division North

AFC Darwen 4-1 Atherton LR

AFC Darwen manager Kenny Langford, "Going into the game after two hard fought victories the lads were full of confidence, we were on the front foot from the start and should have won more comfortably than we did. This was by far the best team performance all season and the score line reflected that."

Atherton LR manager Mark Robinson, "A disappointing performance today compared to our recent games. Other than 20 minutes in the first half we just couldn't seem to get going. Both teams missed some great chances throughout the game, which turned a bit scrappy with neither team playing much football.

"Credit to AFC Darwen though as they deserved the three points with a more spirited performance than us today."

Daisy Hill 3-1 Pilkington 

Daisy Hill manager Brian Hart, "Needed something to warm us up today a bit chilly on the sidelines but despite getting off to a decent start scoring early we floundered, never built on that lead and it wasn't pleasant to watch.

"A couple of encouraging words at the break and we started the second half with more energy and purpose which saw us create chances that we took and with it three more important points which I'm pleased about having stuttered a couple of weeks ago these back to back wins are a great response."


St Helens Town manager David Platt, "Today's game was a tough one against very good opposition in Ashton Town - their class was clear across all areas of the pitch but I've got to pay tribute to the work rate and creativity of my boys who stood up to one of the top sides in the division and matched them stride for stride.

"If Ashton had taken their chances the game might have been different but it seemed each time they missed a good chance we punished them. On another day it could have been different but today we fought and fought and then some individual brilliance won the game."

NWCFL First Division South

Abbey Hulton United 2-0 Stockport Town

Abbey Hulton United manager Russell Leadbetter, "A much-needed win today for us. We've been playing well (other than Tuesday night) and the only thing we haven't done is put the ball in the net.

"A lot of character shown today by the lads, we had to battle a strong Stockport team from start to finish. Second half we came out with that little bit more bite and we were creating chances. We left it late but we got the job done in the end, a win we deserved.

"Hopefully it'll kick starts things as we look to try and stay away from the dog fight down the bottom of the table. Credit to Stockport, good side with a good set of lads and staff. But yeah, great well-needed win for us today.

Stockport Town manager Adam Jones, "Really disappointed with the boys today, credit to Abbey Hulton they wanted it more than us and they got their rewards.

"We must learn quickly as a group which we will and we will dust ourselves off and go again."

Abbey Hey 3-3 Wythenshawe Amateurs 

Abbey Hey manager Terry Hincks, "Really Tough today, Ammies took their opportunities in the first half we struggled to get into a rhythm first half.

"After a few adjustments we came out second half and dominated the game but a draw was a fair result I think for both sides."

Cheadle Heath Nomads 2-0 New Mills
Cheadle Heath Nomads manager Andy Gray, "We expected a very tough game today against a resurgent New Mills and I thought we executed our plans superbly in the first half.
"We didn't let them play and hunted them down from the front from the first minute. We scored two terrific first-half goals through a bullet header from team Captain Rick Tindall and a superbly executed debut goal from Kyle Foley. The second half was more of a battle than a footballing spectacle but we were superb in defence and kept the visitors from any serious strikes on goal, although to their credit they kept pushing looking to get something out of the game.
"It was a good 3 points for us and keeps us going in the right direction. We prepare now for Tuesday night and another tough home game against Cammell Laird."
New Mills manager David Birch, "We was poor in the first half. We didn't match Cheadle's work rate and that cost us the three points!
"We dominated the second half, but without creating much so they deserved the three points!"
Maine Road 3-0 Barnton

Maine Road manager Ray Barnet, "So pleased to get back to winning in the league and a clean sheet although we let Barnton dictate the tempo in the first half and it was all too pedestrian for my liking but we went in 1-0 up from a well-taken goal from Jack Coop as he rounded the keeper.

"Second half was much better we lifted the tempo and looked far more dangerous and got the all-important second goal early on as Owen Pollitt got into the 6-yard box to tap in a Jamie Hill cross and we sealed the game a few minutes later with a Ben Mooney header."

Main photograph by Morgan Robinson (@PurpledonMedia) from Atherton LR's 4-1 loss to AFC Darwen.

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