Emley AFC boss Richard Tracey has spoken of his delight after Iyrwah Gooden’s injury-time winner sent his side to the top of the Northern Counties East League Premier Division.
Gooden struck in the fourth minute of stoppage time to seal a 1-0 win at Bottesford Town to lift the Pewits above leaders Campion on goal difference.
Tracey told Huddersfield Hub: “We knew it would be a tough game as they’d been in good form, and so it proved, although their keeper made three or four really good saves before our goal late on. I do believe we deserved the win on our performance.
“We kept persevering and never accepted that we wouldn’t score. We certainly could have scored a few but it was great to get the goal late on.”
Emley are now 11 matches unbeaten in the league and had to hunt down the top sides after a string of games were postponed due to prolonged involvement in cup competition.
The Pewits still have two games in hand on Campion and Tracey said: “We’re delighted. I’d always rather have points on the board than games in hand but we’ve been consistent in terms of getting results and that’s allowed us to move up the league.
“We’re pleased to be where we are at this point but know it puts a big target on your back and we’re going to have to keep improving.”
Emley’s next game is on Saturday November 11 (3.00) when Heaton Stannington come to the Fantastic Media Welfare Ground in the FA Vase second round.
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