Fresh from a well-earned – and highly readable – full-page spread in this week’s Non-League Paper, Hemsworth Miners Welfare Manager, Wayne Benn, will be hoping for more headlines this weekend as he takes his Wells team across the Pennines to Greater Manchester, just west of Stretford, to Silver Street and an FA Vase Second Round tie with North West Counties League Division One side Irlam; and Wayne has a recent local benchmark against which to assess Saturday’s opponents, writes Colin Muncie.
Wayne and his players are likely to be well supported in Irlam, and are excited by the fixture. ”It’s a game we are all looking forward to,” Wayne told TBG, ”and we know it will be a very tough game, against a side that beat Handsworth in the last round. That alone tells us that Irlam are a very capable side and that for us to progress we will need a performance similar to the one we produced in the last round against Bishop Auckland.”
Wayne is expecting a tight afternoon. “The two teams won’t know too much about each other,“ he admitted, “but as always in Cup games it will come down to who performs best on the day.”
“We will go there with confidence and – as always – we will be positive and will give everything to try and make it through to the next round.”