Before Saturday’s awkward-looking trip to Barton Town in the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division , Hemsworth Miners Welfare Manager Wayne Benn had warned that his sixth-placed side would face a gruelling afternoon on the Humber –and so it proved, as Wells were unable to overcome a 2-0 half time deficit , hitting a spped bump intheir pursuit of the top six whilst the Swans put a little more distance between themselves and Parkgate at the other end of the table, writes Colin Muncie.
Wayne couldn’t disguise his frustration at the opportunities his side hadn’t taken. He told the Bootiful Game “Today is another difficult result to swallow. Again, I sound like a broken record, but missed chances have cost us all three points and it is happening far too often. I’m also seriously unimpressed with how we have defended, in the first half in particular. Don’t get me wrong -Barton were full value for their 2-0 lead at half time; they played better than us in the first half, no question, but we had two great chances before they scored their first goal. We then concede two really poor goals, from our perspective, and give ourselves a mountain to climb”.
Wayne made some big tactical calls at the break, knowing he had to chase the game “We made some bold decisions at half time, made two substitutions, changed the shape and we improved, but in fairness we couldn’t have played much worse. We dominated the game in that second half without being at our best, we created numerous opportunities that we failed to take and we end up getting narrowly beaten when we should have won the game. As I said it’s like Groundhog Day and I’m saying the same things far too regularly. The readers must be fed up of hearing it because I’m fed up of saying it!! But it’s genuine when I say it- and you have to see it to believe it sometimes”.
Predictably, Wayne gave credit to the home side “I’m not taking anything away from Barton, they played well in the first half and worked very hard in the second when we put them under pressure” he conceded” but other than the two goals they scored and hitting the post in the first half we’ve restricted them pretty well. To then pen them in their own half for long periods in the second half- and to create and miss the chances that we have -is so frustrating. We’ve shown a bit of character to put such an awful first half performance behind us, but it was too little too late.”
“You just can’t keep giving teams a two goal lead at this level, giving yourselves a mountain to climb -and hope to win games”.