Bootle edge out Mossley as Brian Richardson pleased with triumph

Ben Hodkinson celebrates scoring for Bootle

Bootle manager Brian Richardson was pleased with the result against Mossley, despite the Lillywhites dominance.

The Bucks ran out 3-0 winners thanks to second-half goals from Ben Hodkinson, Morgan Homson-Smith and Jack McGovern.

Two late goals made the scoreline look healthier than it suggested as they produced a superb double in the dying embers.

As a result, Bootle moved closer to the play-offs overtaking Mossley in the process with David Fish’s side having a game in hand.

Richardson was fair in his reflection and could sympathise with the disappointment of the visitors.

He told Off The Park: “I thought they played very well created a lot of chances, I thought they were a good side for a team coming from such a poor run, I can’t see that run continuing.

“If I was a manager in their shoes I would be going home feeling like I’d been robbed but that’s football, there’s plenty of times I’ve been on the wrong end and I think that’s what happened to them. 

“Every team is going to create chances against you and sometimes it’s fine margins, hits the post, wide that’s football. Where we at our best? I don’t think so, they dominated the game for long spells but at the end, we’ve got to take positives which three goals and a clean sheet at home. 

“He’s been in California, the results we got draw at Workington, win at Kendal were good results without Ben despite being leagues leading goalscorer.

“The penalty a lot of people would call a soft penalty but you cash in. Then you come under a lot of pressure and win 3-0 it makes it look like it’s a walk over but it certainly was not.

“The two goals we scored after the penalty were great quality, Morgan-Smith from the edge of the box and Jack McGovern a fantastic piece of skill to stick it away.

“The fans went home happy, they went away thinking what a finish, a bit like a book we remember the start and the finish but not the bit in between. By in large, it left us with a good feeling around the club.”

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