McCormack’s penalty save helps Ollerton to win

Action from Ollerton's 2-0 win at Nostell Miners Welfare on Saturday.
Action from Ollerton's 2-0 win at Nostell Miners Welfare on Saturday.

A penalty-save by goalkeeper Joey McCormack proved crucial as Ollerton Town secured a double over Nostell Miners Welfare for the second season running in the Toolstation Northern Counties East League’s First Division.

In one of only a handful of matches to survive the weather, Ollerton beat the West Yorkshire side 2-0 thanks to goals from Liam Cooper in the 12th minute and Gav King in the 72nd.

But in between the goals, Nostell were awarded a controversial spot-kick when midfielder Eden Homer appeared to win the ball cleanly. McCormack, who played through the game with illness, got down to save Jack Owen’s weak penalty and then reacted quickest to throw his body in the way of the rebound.

Defender Cooper had given Ollerton the lead with his first goal for the club, heading home after King had flicked on Lewis Bingham’s corner to the front post.

Nostell responded well and, at times, they overran the visitors’ offensive three-man midfield. But a competitive game deteriorated after the penalty-miss and Ollerton sealed the points when a long ball was helped on by Sean Dickinson for King to take on his man and calmly slot his 21st goal of the season between the ‘keeper’s legs.