After only taking 1 point from the previous 2 games, the steam pigs needed to get back to winning ways as they entertained Bingley Town.
With manager Liam Marsh short of players he had to start himself and had Coleman,who had missed the previous 2 games returning to babysit him in the middle of the park.
Playing with a slight wind advantage Ingrow were the better team without really shining and put Bingley under pressure from the start with new strike force Hickman and Davies linking well up front. The breakthrough came when Nkome finally got out of bed and broke through to score and make it 1 nil. The two strikers would make the second goal, when man of the match, Hickman’s sublime flick found Davies who scored from an acute angle.
Ingrow continued to make chances and when a corner from Wheater found Walshaw free at the back post it seemed 3 nil was a certainty, until the big defender got mud in his eyes and missed the ball completely. Just before the break Ingrow had another corner and after seeing the Walshaw miss Wheater decided he would be better doing it himself and scored direct from the corner to make it 3 0 at half time.
The second half started differently and Ingrow were pegged back straight away when Bingley scored two quick fire goals to get themselves right back in the game. With Bingley looking the most likely to score it was a surprise when on a rare attack Bilney was tripped by a blade of grass in the area and Ingrow were awarded a penalty. The penalty summed up Ingrows half when the normally reliable Hickman did his best Johnny Wilkinson impression and blazed the ball skywards. This did get the pigs going a little and Jack “i score goals” Bilney managed to make it 4-2.
Back came Bingley to make it 4-3. Then came a controversial moment when Hickman who was meant to give the ball back to the Bingley keeper fired it in from 40 yards. With the goal having to stand, Ingrow allowed Bingley to walk through and score into a empty net. And we’ll be waiting to hear when they are to receive their sporting award from the Craven league. Ingrow again went up the other end and Hickman got his second to finally finish the game and make it 6-4.
Once Marsh had recovered he said ‘We had to pull together today and having Coleman back made a difference
Report by Martin Coleman