Bootle’s stunning Marine win leaves Brian Richardson waxing-lyrical

Ben Hodkinson celebrates Bootle goal v Marine

Bootle manager Brian Richardson has hailed his side in their win over Marine.

The Bucks surprised the Northern Premier League West league leaders with an emphatic display that saw them win 3-0.

Ben Hodkinson continued his formidable scoring form as on-loan midfielder Matty McDonald found the back of the net again.

Tom Peterson rounded off the scoring pouncing on a mistake from the hosts to fire beyond the Mariners goalkeeper.

Although the scoreline could’ve been greater as a Bucks effort appeared to close the line despite Bayleigh Passant’s effort in the Marine goal.

The win saw them continue their impressive run as they made it six goals in their last two and clean sheets in successive matches.

Richardson labelled the victory over Marine as his best since taking over at Vesty Road.

He told Off The Park: “Best result yeah, definitely the best result I’ve had [as Bootle manager] because I don’t think anyone fancied us did they? It had to be the best since we’ve been there definitely. 

“I thought starting off I don’t think got to the pace of the game very quickly for the first 25 minutes they looked like they could cause problems. Then we sort of grew in the game, in the end we certainly in the ascendancy then in the second half we took over a little bit. The first half, it’s fair to say it was fairly even but our start wasn’t the best. 

“What, the one that didn’t count? They were all good goals, they were well worked, team goals, individual goals. I thought they were very well taken, Ben took his well got in a good area.

“The second was a classic counter-attack, the football was superb and Matty McDonald finished it off then finished himself off with the celebration because he dislocated his shoulder. The third from Tom Peterson, he earned that he worked so hard the whole game and managed to intercept an under-hit pass from their goalkeeper and tucked it away.

“I wasn’t close enough for my failing eyesight to say if it was a goal or not but I think the reaction behind the goal more or less said it all. For other people it would be unexpected and I think we’ve got a lot of belief in the squad we’ve got.

“I’m not saying we would of gone there and I would’ve been shouting we’re going to win but we gave a good account of ourselves which is what we did. 

“The players appreciate the fans and visa versa. I think they were vocal, it’s easy to be when your winning, but the support was tremendous and hopefully they all had as good a day as we had.”

[Featured image: Paul Moran]

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