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Kiveton Miners Welfare 2-2 Collingham: Manager Gary Clark on the scoresheet as availability stings Station Road side

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Collingham manager Gary Clark was on the scoresheet in a what he called a far from ideal scenario as his side drew 2-2 with Kiveton.

Another much-changed line-up — due to last-minute drop-outs — saw Clark name himself in the starting 11 at Kiveton.

COLLINGHAM captain Kyle Yarnell puts in a crunching challenge.
COLLINGHAM captain Kyle Yarnell puts in a crunching challenge.

And he reaped the rewards of that decision 15 minutes in when Will Hollingsworth beat his man and crossed the ball in to Clark who, in his own words, scuffed a shot into the bottom corner to give Collingham the lead.

A typical chaotic period now associated with this Collingham side followed as the hosts got pulled level through a Dan Neath header.

Elliot Fox then gave the hosts the lead after making the most of a fortunate rebound which created space for a shot.

Collingham Sunday team captain Gary Clark celebrating with the Newark Alliance Covid Cup trophy
Collingham Sunday team captain Gary Clark celebrating with the Newark Alliance Covid Cup trophy

Oliver Presley pulled Collingham level, rounding the ‘keeper before finishing.

And, with ten minutes to go, Collingham could have won the game but for a cynical foul by the host’s ‘keeper who took out Hollingsworth with the goal at his mercy.

Despite testing Kiveton’s makeshift goalkeeper, who had given up his position at centre-half to go in goal, the game finished 2-2.

“We had a bit of a nightmare because we lost one of our key players (Joe Joe Bilton) to work the night before and then on the way to the game, one of our players wasn’t able get to there because his car broke down,” said Clark, addressing his selection problems.

“On top of that, we are trying to manage the young lads and it just so happened that one of our lads, who is only 16, had played 75 minutes for the under-17s in the morning.

“I was reluctant to start him because of that, so I had to start myself which was far from ideal.

“It was not something I wanted to do at all, but we felt it was the best decision from what we had available.

“We started the game well — they were a typical Doncaster side. They were rough and ready and had a game plan.

“But then we had the ‘Collingham under Gary Clark 20-minute spell of madness’ where we capitulated and went 2-1 down.”

Clark also praised their defender for stepping up and going in net after making three saves that a ‘keeper would have been proud of.

“It was disappointing to a degree though,” Clark said.

“We keep saying it. We have to find ways of winning games that we play well in because we just can’t get over the line at the minute.

“We have had more than our fair share of those games this year.”

Collingham take a break from the league and turn their attention to the cup, hosting Phoenix Inham Reserves on Saturday (3pm).

n Last Wednesday, as the Advertiser went to press, Collingham had a day to forget, losing 1-0 at home to Crowle Colts.

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