In the 2000 articles for the Bootiful Game which preceded this one, Hemsworth Welfare Manager, Wayne Benn has been a regular and valued contributor. Win, lose or draw, he rarely disrespects the opposition and checks his own glass house before chucking any stones.
The first piece of evidence for the defence, then, is his take on yesterday’s 3-0 away defeat at a cold and windy Bridlington Town in a clash of two teams both close to the summit of the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division; Wells are sixth in that table after the Queensgate loss – and Wayne is struggling to rationalise the reasons for his side’s defeat, writes Colin Muncie.
Wayne told TBG, “I’m very frustrated with yesterday’s defeat to Bridlington Town. We were fantastic for 35 mins in the first half; our passing and movement was top drawer and caused all sorts of problems for our opponents. We really should have been four or five goals up at that point and it wouldn’t have flattered us. We were saying on the bench just before Brid scored that they will get one chance and score – and that’s exactly what happened.
“Failure to deal with a corner led to us being 1-0 down at the break – instead of having a comfortable lead. It knocks the stuffing out of you when you constantly see great chances being spurned – and as we all know goals change games.”
Wells travelling supporter, Andy Viggars had provided some brilliant meteorological updates prior to the game, but Wayne had no excuses for what happened after the interval. “We were poor in the second half, “he admitted, “we stopped passing, the work rate wasn’t good enough and Brid were the better side this half. Yet again the goals conceded were poor and I’m just struggling to understand the difference in the performance from the first half to the second half. Ultimately when you don’t take your chances at one end – and don’t defend properly at the other – then more often than not you will lose the game.”
Wayne was keen to pay tribute to the winning hosts and their Manager, Brett Agnew. “Congratulations to Brett and his lads; they deserved to win in the end and I have no problem saying that,” he said. “We need to keep working hard, trying to improve in the areas that we need to, and regroup for an important FA Vase game (away at Irlam) next week.”