Reaction from Mark Yates on Saturday’s victory at Aggborough…
By Matty Paddock - 18/03/2019
Posted 6 months ago
MARK Yates was pleased with how his side “stood firm” to see out the weekend win over Spennymoor Town at Aggborough.
A goal in each half ultimately settled the tie as Harriers picked up three crucial points.
But in a firm, fierce wind and a driving rain made for a tough afternoon for both teams – with the Reds defending against the wind in the second period.
The impact the conditions had on the game wasn’t lost on Yates, who gave his players due credit for seeing the win over the line.
“If one thing spoils football matches, it’s wind,” he commented.
“But I thought, for the supporters, it was exciting with lots of goal-mouth action from both teams.
“We had to play the conditions… we had to be brave and hold a good line in the second half.
“…it was exciting with lots of goal-mouth action from both teams.” Mark Yates
“They were literally throwing everything forward and were desperately trying to get something out of the game.
“But we stood firm and headed everything – if we didn’t head it, we were right in there competing. That’s what it is about sometimes.”
Spennymoor felt aggrieved at the final whistle after having a goal disallowed for a foul as Glen Taylor nodded home.
“For me, it’s a clear foul on Johnno at the back stick,” added Yates.
“The referee rightly spotted [it]… but I thought we stood up manfully.
“They’re a really good side with some really good players.
“We produced moments of quality to win the game and defended for our lives.”
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