It was another infuriating day for Hemsworth Miners Welfare Manager Wayne Benn as his seventh-placed side were held 1-1 at home by twelfth-placed Garforth Town in the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division at the Yorkshire NuBuilds Stadium yesterday- and once again it was his side’s profligacy in front of goal which kept Wayne awake on Saturday evening, writes Colin Muncie.
Richard Collier put Wells ahead after 14 minutes in front of a fine 127-strong crowd in Fitzwilliam-but most of them went home disappointed after 19-goal Garforth hit man Mark Simpson levelled for the visitors just after the hour.
Wayne laid his emotions bare, telling the Bootiful Game “Yesterday was another frustrating day for us. I wanted to sleep on it before giving my views; to be honest I was just too angry last night and don’t think I would have given a balanced opinion. Unfortunately this morning I’m still as angry and frustrated and I’ve never been any good at hiding it. Once again we dominated the 1st half, played very well in the process and should have been 5-0 up at half time. Just so everyone doesn’t think I’m blinkered I spoke to Mark Smitheringale (Garforth’s Assistant Manager) after the game and he was gracious enough to admit we should have been out of sight at half time and they were relieved to only be 1-0 down at the interval. The problem with us not taking our chances is that it gives teams a chance to regroup at half time, adjust a few things and make a better fist of things in the second half -and that’s exactly what happened”.
Wayne felt he could have predicted what happened next-and so it proved. “I called it at half time that missed chances -yet again- could come back to haunt us, and that’s exactly what happened” he told us. “Garforth improved after the break; the game became more of an arm wrestle and the pitch became difficult which didn’t help us either. Garforth scored during a good fifteen spell for them in the second half but again I’m disappointed with our defending for their goal. Two missed tackles on the edge of the box contributing to the goal and we should have done better with it. The rest of the second half was fairly even but we still created some good opportunities, if not as clear cut as the ones in the first half”.
Wayne was typically respectful to yesterday’s opponents, although he remains convinced that his side should have seen the Miners off. “Garforth are a very capable side, as they showed a couple of weeks ago when beating Ponte, and I are sure they view yesterday’s result as a good point” he said.
“We, however, have to reflect on how we’ve managed to turn what should have been a comfortable win into another two points dropped”.