Hemsworth Miners Welfare stay top of the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division this morning despite a 5-2 away defeat to seventh-placed Penistone Church at the DSM Memorial Ground yesterday afternoon-and straight-talking Wells Manager Wayne Benn admitted that his side were second best for much of the ninety minutes, writes Colin Muncie.
It looked good for the visitors when Seon Ripley set them on their way with a sixth minute goal, but Sam Scrivens levelled almost immediately for Church, who then went into a 3-1 interval lead thanks to Tom Brennan (20 minutes) and Ashley Ellis (27). Richard Collier got one back for Wells after 54 minutes, but Scrivens restored Penistone’s two-goal advantage on the hour, and Connor Glavin rounded out the win with a last minute fifth goal. A fine crowd of 198 watched the game at Church View.
Wayne didn’t dispute the outcome, but bemoaned conceding to what he felt was a predictable threat. He told the Bootiful Game “.We got exactly what we deserved today-nothing. Us taking the lead after a bright start should have been the catalyst for us to kick on but we conceded three goals from set pieces which just have to be defended better. We knew, and the lads were told, that Penistone had good delivery from set pieces and were a real threat -but clearly that was ignored. After that it was always an uphill battle against a good side. We knew what to expect from Penistone but we just haven’t done the basics well enough -and they wanted it more than us”.
Wayne wasn’t too impressed by some of the officiating “The refereeing was abysmal all game but if I told you what I really felt of his performance I’d probably get in trouble and it would look like sour grapes” he told us .”If he makes the right decisions Penistone’s second and fifth goals don’t happen, but I’m not looking for excuses-,we simply weren’t good enough today. Penistone were the better team and deserved the victory”.
“It’s back to the drawing board for us; it’s important we train well this week and try and put this result behind us quickly”.