Hemsworth Miners Welfare will finish a fine Toolstation NCEL Premier Division season in sixth after their 4-0 defeat to Hall Road Rangers last night, a win which in turn takes recovering Rangers up to eighteenth. It wasn’t the finish Wells Manager Wayne Benn would have wanted-but he can still look back with pride on a successful campaign at the Yorkshire NuBuilds, writes Colin Muncie.
Rangers led 1-0 at the interval through Josh Batty (27 minutes) as the crowd of 62 continued to enjoy an extended run-in at their Dawson Drive home; and after Dan Norton doubled the advantage after 58 minutes, Batty completed his hat trick (61 and 71 minutes) to clinch another three points.
Wayne chose his words carefully as he reflected on the ninety minutes. He told the Bootiful Game “There’s a lot I could say about tonight’s performance but I’ll save it for another day. We have to accept we have been well beaten tonight by a side playing their 3rd game in 4 days and who showed great desire to win the game. Hall Road thoroughly deserved the victory and I don’t want to take anything away from them by being negative about my own team”.
Wayne felt that the last few days have been an accurate snapshot of his side’s 2017/8 campaign “To play so well and win 8-1 against Parkgate, and to then play so badly tonight and lose 4-0 kind of sums our season up” he admitted “.We’ve been inconsistent and after 42 games the league table doesn’t lie”.
“Although I’m disappointed with tonight I’m going to bang the drum like everyone else seems to be” he said, documenting his club’s achievements this term “.Yet again we have made history in finishing in our highest ever League position” he pointed out “Yet again we have improved, which is the aim at the start of the season, and is something we have done constantly over the last 5 years. I’m appointed to finish 6th but that’s a measure of just how far we have come these last couple of years. I’m immensely proud of our football club, the Chairman, sponsors, players, volunteers and supporters have all played their part and it is a real team effort.”
Wayne hinted that he won’t be packing his bags for a while “We’ve not finished the season how I would have liked”, he said “but while the players go away and enjoy their break, the hard work continues for me and my staff. We know the areas we need to improve, we have targets in mind and if we can recruit well there is no reason why our improvement won’t continue”.
The Bootiful Game would like to thank Wayne and everyone at Hemsworth for their great contributions during the season.