The game must have looked up for the leaders of the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division, Hemsworth Miners Welfare, at half time last night when they trooped into the home dressing room three-nil down to the dangerous Bottesford Town at the Yorkshire NuBuilds- but after a bit of motivational speaking from Wells Manager Wayne Benn, the home side fought back to earn a point from a thrilling game in West Yorkshire; a point which takes them two pints clear at the summit, writes Colin Muncie.
Henry Cook (2 minutes) stunned the 125 strong crowd with an early opener, and in-form Jack McMenemy (32) and Wayne Graves (45) extended the Poachers advantage by the break; but Wells roared back into the contest through Sidney Santos (46 minutes), a Joe Edwards own goal after 63, and Nash Connolly’s leveller with fifteen minutes left to ensure that the points were shared in a 3-3 score line.
Wayne was bemused and delighted in pretty much equal proportions. “I don’t know where to start really on tonight” he told TBG. “ Without taking anything away from Bottesford, the three goals we conceded were just ridiculous. In fairness the first goal is a great strike from their lad, but it comes after two poor attempts to clear the ball. The second goal you don’t see on a Sunday morning and the third is goalkeeper error. I actually don’t think we played that badly in general play in the first half and we missed a couple of good opportunities ourselves but to be 3-0 down was hard to take”.
Wayne was thrilled by that second half response. “There were some strong words at half time and I have to give the lads all the credit in the world” he conceded” They didn’t sulk, instead they produced 45 mins of quality and guts that ultimately leaves me feeling very proud. To come back from three down doesn’t happen very often and I actually think we were a little bit unlucky not to win. We had a very strong shout for a penalty in the last couple of minutes, one of those that is a foul anywhere else on the pitch and in fairness to John Corbett (Bottesford’s Manager) he agreed they were fortunate to get away with it. It’s also nice to hear John be complimentary and say we will be in the mix come the end of the season. We can’t be disappointed with the draw though when the game looked lost”.
“We view it as a point gained and I’m proud of the lads’ efforts” Wayne added as attention turns to Wells’ Vase tie at Bishop Auckland this weekend.
“We’ve shown great character and we now go into a really tough game on Saturday in good heart”.