Hemsworth Miners Welfare completed their home campaign with an 8-1 demolition of relegated Parkgate at the Yorkshire NuBuilds yesterday, and in doing so moved up to fifth in the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division. Wells Manager Wayne Benn has regularly been a harsh critic of his side’s inability to cash in on chances created, but he could have had little cause for complaint yesterday as his players produced a fine display of high-calibre passing and movement, and clinical finishing, to put the Steelmen to the sword, writes Colin Muncie for the Parkgate FC Website and the Bootiful Game.
It was flat cap day in Fitzwilliam in honour of Wells’ founder Mark Crapper, and the game was preceded by a minute’s applause in his memory. The 88-strong crowd were applauding again just two minutes in as Brad Dockerty set the home side on their way. Marshalled in midfield by the impressive Adam Hayton, Wells were 5-1 up at the break, and added three more after the interval, with Dockerty scoring a brace, Nash Connolly a fine hat-trick, and Luke Danville, Chris Ovington and Seon Ripley adding to the total. Wells even missed a spot kick -and only Danny Critchlow’s 18th minute consolation gave the travelling fans anything to cheer.
Wayne was thrilled with his side’s display, but sympathetic towards the Steelmen. He told the Bootiful Game “Tonight we reflect on an emphatic win but we are not ones for twisting the knife. We have been terrific today; we thoroughly deserve the score line and it’s great to finish our home league campaign with such a win, primarily for our fans who have been fantastic as always”.
Turning to the opposition, Wayne was characteristically respectful. He told us “We have to have sympathy for Parkgate; it’s not easy coming to us knowing they were already relegated and as I’ve said previously with the good people they have on board we hope it’s a short stay in Division One -but they have come today and shown great dignity. The result wasn’t that important for them, but it was for us however, and we are delighted once again to have 5th place in our hands. We have to apply ourselves one more time and then we can all have a well earned rest”.
“I sincerely hope that Parkgate can do some soul searching, regroup and bounce back at the 1st time of asking. It’s a great football club and I hope to see them back in the Premier Division as soon as possible. I’ve seen the hurt in everyone’s eyes today who are connected to Parkgate and it’s not nice to see. I’m sure that hat they will rebuild and come back stronger; I sincerely hope so for the sake of the fantastic people behind the scenes”.
“I don’t think tonight is about celebrating an emphatic win; it’s more about encouraging a good football club to come back stronger than ever”.