Bootle boss Brian Richardson discusses Workington postponement after ‘satisfactory’ 1874 Northwich win

Bootle's Tom Peterson leads celebration against 1874 Northwich

Bootle boss Brian Richardson was left pleased with their showing in the win over 1874 Northwich despite their two-goal lead being scrubbed before half-time.

Ben Hodkinson and Tom Peterson both added to their impressive seasonal tallies for the Bucks before Connor Millington netted the winner in the second half.

Bootle found themselves in unfamiliar territory as they were quick out the blocks moving into a 2-0 lead after nine minutes before the visitors clawed they way back.

They kept the pressure on the playoff positions but saw their opportunity against Workington postponed hours before kick-off after problems with the pitch.

Richardson offered team news ahead of the trip to Newcastle Town.

“Made an amazing start but after that, we were a little bit sloppy,” he admitted to Off The Park. “They got back into it, 2-2 at half-time, we made a couple of changes on the hour and managed to get back in front.

“They hit the bar late on so they could say they feel aggrieved they could’ve come away with a point but I thought generally, we played okay. Asked for a good start then we got it, it shows at our level concentration has got to improve for teams who are going to do better because you can’t afford to nod off as soon as you’re 2-0.

“We’re happy with the three points, it keeps us nicely in the frame until the end of the season and let’s see where it takes us. We’ve got 10 games left hopefully we can win as many as we can, we’ve got top seven around us to play home and away, it’ll be interesting and at least it keeps us busy until the end of the season.

“We always score in three, we’re always scoring goals, we’re always good for an entertaining game. Going the other way, we don’t have many clean sheets either but I don’t see us changing that style until the end of the season because the benefits of playing attacking football you don’t get many draws, you’re either picked off or way in front.

“We’ll be looking to win games until the end of the season no doubt about it, no matter what home and away we need to get points on the board.”

On the Workington postponement, Richardson revealed the health and safety issue that had arisen prior to kick-off, he said: “It was a bit of a shock, the groundsman was in Italy, ironically, looking at the company who installed the pitch. There was nobody on the pitch until they put the nets up then they found this damage to the pitch and had to cancel the game.

“It wasn’t all over, but enough to be a health and safety issue, it’s disappointing you want to play and get it ticked off. Pictures have gone to the league and Workington, we couldn’t have played it, I don’t want to be the manager who calls it off for any other reason other than it’s not playable.

“When we went up to Workington, it was a scratched side and the lads did absolutely brilliantly. 

“We always say the same things every week, there’s no easy games in this league. Teams are capable of coming through the door and biting you on the backside from the bottom to the top. We never look at Newcastle and think that’s a gimme. 

“Not Tom [Peterson] but Ben [Hodkinson] could be [available]. Tom won’t be available until the week after. Tom won’t be available but Ben will be, fingers crossed we can come away with the three points. 

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