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Collingham FC manager remains optimistic despite Harworth Colliery defeat




A goal just after half-time condemned Collingham to another defeat, but manager Gary Clark still has reasons for optimism.

A Charlie Baird strike in the 48th minute gave Harworth Colliery an away win in Central Midlands League North.

Football - Collingham Vs Harworth Colliery, Station Road, Collingham. Pictured is Pictured is Collingham player Kyle Yarnell. (50928879)
Football - Collingham Vs Harworth Colliery, Station Road, Collingham. Pictured is Pictured is Collingham player Kyle Yarnell. (50928879)

It leaves Collingham second from bottom of the league with just one win from their opening five.

However, Clark saw signs that his side is starting to turn the corner ­— after a half-time talking to.

He said: “They are a good side, really well set up. You can tell they have been together a long time and they showed that in the first-half when they were a million times better than we were ­— even though we went in at 0-0.

Football - Collingham Vs Harworth Colliery, Station Road, Collingham. Pictured is Collingham player Callum Judge. (50928881)
Football - Collingham Vs Harworth Colliery, Station Road, Collingham. Pictured is Collingham player Callum Judge. (50928881)

“In the second-half the game was pretty even, despite them scoring and we had a couple of half-chances.

“I don’t think we deserved to lose.”

Clark believes Harworth will be a top-five side at the end of the season, the latest top challenging team that Collingham have faced in recent matches.

The side has also struggled to put out a consistent team in recent weeks thanks to illness, work and holidays.

“This week was the first week we have been able to put a consistent side out, which helps,” said Clark.

“We have played teams I would consider to be top five so we are now going into fixtures where I would expect us to compete.

“There’s no excuses. We have played the best sides, now we must compete and get some better results.”



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