On the face of it, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Hemsworth Miners Welfare Manager Wayne Benn must have enjoyed his side’s fine opening day 5-2 win at Hall Road Rangers in the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division –but regular Bootiful Game readers will know that a completely satisfied Wayne Benn is a hard animal to find, and so it proved again today, as the Wells gaffer left Haworth Park unhappy with his sides second half showing, writes Colin Muncie.
Fraser Hansen put Rangers in front after just 8 minutes, but Brad Dockerty (11mins) , Jed Rashid (23 mins) , Seon Ripley (28 mins) and Dockerty again (36 minutes) appeared to put Hemsworth in clover with a 4-1 half-time lead . The Dawson Drive crowd of 75 saw Connor Harman get one back for the home side on 81 minutes, before Ripley rounded off the scoring in the last minute.
Wayne told the Bootiful Game “I’m delighted with the win today but our performance left a lot to be desired. After a decent start we found ourselves a goal down due to an individual error- but that actually seemed to get us going and for 30 mins in the 1st half I thought we played really well. I was happy to be leading 4-1 at half time and I thought that was a fair scoreline”.
Wayne wasn’t quite so enamoured after the break “Our performance in the second half, however, really disappoints me” he admitted.”Our work rate, passing, shape and quality weren’t the same as the first half. Some of that was down to Hall Road who changed their formation and made life more uncomfortable for us; and some of that was down to our attitude towards hard work. Hall Road were the better side in the second half and the only real quality we showed ended up in our 5th goal. Hall Road showed a bit of spirit and a bit of fight in that second half despite being 4-1 down ,and I’m sure Bill will take positives from that -but for us the second half was just not good enough”.
Wayne now looks forward to next week’s Cup clash.”We achieved what we set out to at the start of the day ,and it is important to get off to a good start” he acknowledged “but we need to improve -and need to work hard this week in training ahead of a very tough game against Runcorn Town in the FA Cup next week”.