It was the usual quiet evening at the Yorkshire NuBuilds Stadium in Fitzwilliam last night, with dominant defending seemingly in another postcode-but Hemsworth Miners Welfare and Staveley Miners Welfare served up an enthralling night of Toolstation NCEL Premier Division football with Wells eventually running out 7-4 winners to move up to eighth in the table –and for once, Hemsworth Manager Wayne Benn was almost lost for words as he gave us his post-match verdict, writes Colin Muncie.
A crowd of 74 looked on as Wells new boy Seon Ripley took just five minutes to open his account for Hemsworth, and Richard Collier doubled the home side’s advantage after 8 minutes. Charlie Oglesby hit back for Staveley on 14, but Nash Connolly (18) and Brad Dockerty (18) extended Wells lead to 4-1 and apparently put them in firm control; not so, as Joe Pugh pulled one back for the Trojans five minutes before the interval; and as the locals savoured their half-time cuppa, they couldn’t have predicted what was to come.
Andy McCreadie (69) cut Hemsworth’s advantage to 4-3, but Collier restored the two goal lead after 77 minutes. Back came Staveley through Kurtis Morley with ten minutes left, but Dockerty (84) and Connolly (90) clinched a 7-4 win and an important three points for Wells. The scoreline , however, leaves Staveley still looking nervously in their rear view mirror.
After a few deep breaths, Wayne told the Bootiful Game “I really don’t know where to start tonight as it went from the sublime to the ridiculous, for us at least. I’ll try to sum up as simply as I can. In the first half we were fantastic going forward, but moments of sloppiness meant we went in at half time leading 4-2 when the game should have been over. In the second half, to Staveley’s credit and as you would expect, they gave it a go, got bodies forward and put us under pressure for twenty mins and we just couldn’t get going. They got back to 4-3 and the game just went crazy”.
“It was a defensive horror show from both teams” Wayne admitted “Some of what I’ve witnessed is unexplainable and if I start to analyse the goals we have conceded I will end up sending myself mad -and I’m sure Brett (Marshall, Staveley’s Manager)feels the same. I spoke to Terry Damms (Staveley Chairman) briefly after the game ,and he was gracious enough to admit that we deserved to win and it was the right result, but we both couldn’t believe or explain what we had seen. I suppose it gave value for money to the people who came to watch, if nothing else”.
“In amongst all the madness were some periods of real quality from us and I think that is what I will focus on” Wayne concluded. “In the end we are just happy to win. I’m also delighted with our new striker Seon Ripley; he had a fantastic debut, scoring the first goal and being involved in several of the others and with more game time and match sharpness he will prove to be a very good signing -and will make a big difference to us”.