We’re only one game into the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division season, but Saturday sees a collision of heavyweight proportions as Handsworth Parramore and Hemsworth Miners Welfare test their title credentials at Sandy Lane, having both won their opening games. Parras are many people’s favourites to lift the title come April, but Hemsworth are looking to push on after their own fine campaign last term- and , after a tough midweek, Wells’ Manager Wayne Benn takes his players to the Kings of Soho Stadium determined to make an impression on Jas Colliver’s side, writes Colin Muncie.
Wayne told the Bootiful Game “On Saturday we travel to Handsworth and we know that it will be one of our most difficult games of the season. They are a very good side and rightly favourites to win the league in my opinion, and to get something out of the game on Saturday we will have to be at our very best”.
Hemsworth lost out to Runcorn United in their FA Cup replay in Cheshire on Wednesday night, and Wayne admitted that the trip had taken its toll. “ We’ve had two tough games this week already, had a long journey and a late night in midweek and we picked up a couple of injuries into the bargain” he explained “so it’s not the best of preparation- but we will go there and be positive and our aim is certainly to go and try to get a positive result.”
Whilst from the opposing dugout Ambers Manager James Colliver said, “The opening week of the season was a really pleasing one, the lads have been tremendous and displayed a professional attitude in both games and our training sessions.
“Our opening fixture against Penistone was always going to be a difficult game against a very good team, we applied ourselves properly and stuck to the game plan. We then travelled to Manchester for a FA Cup fixture, not knowing what we was going to get the lads dug in and got us in the next round.
“Saturdays fixture will prove to be a different test for us. I have respect for Benno and rate their lads so we are going to have to be at it from the first whistle to get anything from the game. We have had them watched and know their strengths, they also travelled mid week for a FA Cup replay so hopefully they’ll be a bit leggy and we can take advantage of that.”