Kerr spot on to end Ponte Colls’ losing run

Pontefract Collieries
Pontefract Collieries

Pontefract Collieries manager Craig Parry is still searching for his first win since taking over on a permanent basis, but saw his team end their run of defeats when they travelled to play Thackley in the Premier Division of the Toolstation NCE League on Tuesday night.

Colls were looking to end a dire run of nine successive losses that has dropped them into relegation danger and came home with a point from a 1-1 draw.

They were in danger of another defeat when Andrew Wood put Thackley ahead in the second half, but kept going and were awarded a penalty in the 88th minute. Brad Kerr stepped up and held his nerve to fire home from the spot to earn Ponte a point.

Colls suffered a setback last Saturday when they went down 2-0 away to tenth-placed Barton Town Old Boys.

They defended well enough for the most part and were still in the game in a first half that ended goalless.

But Barton went ahead when awarded a penalty on 62 minutes as Bradley Ricketts put away the spot-kick.

Corey Mortimer added a second eight minutes and Ponte failed to produce a fight back to come home from Hull disappointed again.

This Saturday Pontefract are looking for home comforts after three successive away games when back at their Harratts Nissan Stadium ground as they entertain Pickering Town (3pm).

They face a tough game against opponents in ninth place, but did beat them 2-1 away in the sides’ first meeting this season in September.

Colls then have a real six-pointer next Wednesday when they host second from bottom Brigg Town (kick-off 7.45pm).

Just one point separated Brigg from fifth from bottom Ponte after last weekend’s games, although Collieries do have three games in hand.

l A charity football match in memory of Daisy McCafferty is being played at Pontefract Collieries’ ground on Saturday, April 16 (kick-off 1pm).

Organisers are looking for sponsors, no matter how big or small, for the event either with prizes, donations, sponsoring a page in the programme or the whole programme.

There will be full licensed bar, tea/coffee/food bar and public announcement system to promote all sponsors. Gate entry is £3, programme £1. Anyone who can help is asked to contact Taylor Docherty on Facebook.