If social media is to be believed, the 108-strong crowd at the Yorkshire NuBuilds will have caught the rare sight of Wells Manager Wayne Benn pirouetting in the technical area during his side’s 4-2 win at home to Thackley yesterday in the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division yesterday-but since that’s an image that’s hard to get out of your head once you’ve thought about it, let’s concentrate on a win which keeps Hemsworth as top dogs in the table, writes Colin Muncie.
It was the Dennyboys, however, who got proceedings off to a flier with James Rothel’s fifth-minute opener, but just as Manager Pat McGuire’s men must have thought they’d go into the interval in front, Nash Connolly struck to send the sides in level. A Kristian Hargreaves own goal put the home side ahead, only for Kieran Thompson to get Thackley back on terms three minutes later. However, Wells weren’t to be denied, and Richard Collier (59 minutes) and Brad Dockerty (63) secured the victory for the home side.
Wayne told TBG that he was delighted by the way his players put last Saturday’s loss at Penistone in the out-tray .“I’m very happy after today’s performance.” he told us. “We put to bed last week’s defeat and I got a great reaction from the players which is exactly what I was expecting. The score line- for me- doesn’t reflect the game; we could and should have been 5-1 up at half time. Apart from the first ten minutes we dominated the half and had numerous chances. What I liked about us today was our patience; we never got desperate and some of our attacking play was top, top drawer”.
Wayne paid tribute to Thackley’s determination. “In the second half we were relentless and thoroughly deserved the win –and, you could argue, by a greater margin” he said “ but Thackley were stubborn opponents, and when they equalised to make it 2-2 against the run of play it could easily have spooked us a little bit. ,but my players were excellent and their quality shone through”
Wayne felt his new recruits made a difference “You could see an immediate impact from the new signings” he reported. “Already we look to have more vibrancy and pace to our attacking play and we were a real handful to Thackley all game. I’m a touch disappointed with the two goals we have conceded -but that’s me being picky. I’d rather focus on the positives, and going forward we looked very, very good”.
“We will stay grounded and go again in another difficult game on Tuesday”.