Ollerton Town head into the Christmas period in the best possible shape after a great November saw them win all four of their fixtures, scoring 15 goals and conceding none in the process.
The last of those fixtures came on Saturday when they took on Bilsthorpe FC in the Central Midlands League North with goals from Jamie Charlton, Callam Atkinson and Craig Stanton seeing Ollerton to a 3-0 victory. It was a Bilsthorpe side that featured seven former Ollerton players and, with the resignation of Thoresby from the league at the start of the season, this is as close as Ollerton get now to a local derby; so both sides were determined to secure the bragging rights. Ollerton welcomed back Kyle Ludlow, who had been absent recently through injury, and when the opener arrived after 15 minutes, he played a crucial role.
Ludlow broke clear on the right hand side and, after seeing a shot across goal clip the outside of the post, Charlton picked up the ball and slotted the ball past Joe Hankey in the Bilsthorpe goal. Ollerton kept up their pressure on the Bilsthorpe goal and before half-time, they had two good chances to extend their lead.
The first of these chances fell to Ludlow who was slipped through on goal by Stanton before seeing his attempted lob held well by Hankey
Later in the half it was the turn of Kyle Clarkson, who was put through one-on-one with Hankey, but fired straight at the grateful goalkeeper. Atkinson was the star of Ollerton’s last fixture, as he scored four in their 6-0 victory over Dinnington Town, and Atkinson was at it again shortly after the hour mark to double his side’s lead. On 61 minutes he saw a goal ruled out for offside but only three minutes later he got his goal, receiving a Stanton pass in the area and remaining calm to slot past Hankey. A second goal made Ollerton’s position a lot more comfortable and as a result they seemed to drop off in the latter stages of the game which allowed Bilsthorpe to apply some pressure on Ollerton’s defence which in truth didn’t result in any real chances. In truth Ollerton had the best chance of that period. Charlton did really well to get clear of Bilsthorpe’s Wayne O’Hare and get to the byline but instead of pulling the ball back for Ludlow to tap the ball home, Charlton decided to try to beat Hankey on his own, but the Bilsthorpe stopper was equal to the effort. With the clock running down, Ollerton grabbed a third as Bilsthorpe were reduced to 10 men.
A cross into the area fell for Craig Stanton and the referee judged that his shot was blocked by the hands of Lee Bowler, who had denied a clear goalscoring opportunity in the process.
After Bowler was shown a straight red, Stanton saw his penalty tipped onto the post by Hankey but reacted well to tap in the rebound to seal the victory for his side.
Despite not turning out their best performance, Ollerton certainly looked like they warranted a comfortable victory and could have scored more if they were a bit more clinical in the first half. Ollerton manager Dave Winter echoed these sentiments after the game saying: “Although we won today’s game 3-0 I’m left feeling slightly disappointed with the scoreline as I feel we should have added several more goals from the significant amount of chances we created.
“We need to address this as soon as possible and start banging in the goals.” Despite the success of November, December is a new month and with tough tests to come, Winter will be hoping his side can remain focused and look to pick up some more valuable wins as 2015 draws to a close.
He added: “I was very pleased with the result, especially our fourth clean sheet on the trot as we had found these hard to come by.
“Overall we’re in a good place and look forward to training in midweek in preparation for Saturday’s game away at Dronfield.”