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Thackley supporter Chris Wood has sadly passed away as football takes a back seat

We at The Bootiful Game would like to echo many comments around at this sad time for Thackley and the Non-league community as we have lost Dennyfield faithul Chris Wood – a loyal supporter of Thackley.


Five straight wins have taken Hemsworth Miners Welfare to within three points of fifth-placed Maltby Main in the Toollstation NCEL Premier Division –but after yesterday’s 2-0 home win over fifteenth-placed Thackley at the Yorkshire NuBuilds, Wells Manager Wayne Benn was still looking for better things from his players, writes Colin Muncie.

A crowd of 86 in Fitzwilliam watched a goalless first half, but Harry Viggars (57 minutes) and Lloyd Henderson (90) wrapped up the spoils for Hemsworth,

Wayne felt that his players weren’t quite at their fluent best. He told the Bootiful Game “I’m delighted to have won our fifth game in a row today, but we’ve made hard work if it. Thackley came and got bodies behind the ball and we didn’t move the ball quick enough. We certainly weren’t as good offensively today as we have been but we still could have scored 5/6 goals. Because we didn’t punish Thackley it encouraged them to throw a bit of caution to the wind and they put us under pressure for 15 mins in the second half .They had a big chance at 1-0 but other than that we were comfortable enough and kept them at arm’s length”.

“Our game lacked intensity today and our passing wasn’t as sharp as it could have been” Wayne admitted “ and in the 2nd half we looked a bit tired :but as I said we got the job done without being at our best- and that’s never a bad thing”.

“We need to recover well and go again Wednesday against Athersley”.

Thackley’s Joint Manager Pat McGuire feels that it his players aren’t quite making the most of their opportunities right now. He told us “We’re struggling to get ninety minutes worth of a performance at the moment. We did better in the second half but we have to take our chances. We had a glorious opportunity to draw level but we’re not getting the rub of the green at present. We have full belief in the squad we have, and have the quality to compete with anyone in this league -but in the first half today it seemed we completely forgot how to play football. The lads have been told in no uncertain terms that running round and working hard is the minimum requirement. To do what we ask we need to show composure and some calmness on the ball and we have lost sight of that recently. Luckily we have two big games this week to put it right.

Pat shared some sad news about one of the Dennyboys faithful. “Thoughts about football come second today as the whole of Thackley FC is deeply saddened to hear about the passing of loyal supporter Chris Wood today”.

“‘Woody’ epitomised the spirit of Non League football and will be sorely missed at Dennyfield”.

The Bootiful Game would like to be associated with Pat’s remarks.

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