There’ll be six pretty good reasons for Hemsworth Miners Welfare Manager, Wayne Benn, pouring himself another glass of non-alcoholic lager tonight as he reflects on today’s fine 6-1 away win at the never-easy Garforth Town’s Bannister Prentice Stadium home today. The result takes Wells’ up to fourth and leaves the Miners in sixteenth – and after the game, Wayne admitted that the defeated home side had acknowledged the quality of his own team’s performance, writes Colin Muncie.
The Cedar Ridge crowd of 89 saw Wells take a two-goal lead into the interval, thanks to Brad Dockerty (20 mins) and a 40thminute Sam Jones penalty. Dockerty (50 mins) Jones (52 mins) and Dockerty again established a five-goal stranglehold on the contest, and although Mitch Hamilton pulled one back for the home side just after the hour, Dockerty struck again with fifteen minutes left to seal the deal for the away side.
Wayne got straight to the point when he talked to TBG. “Today we were outstanding and a 6-1 victory was the absolute minimum we deserved,” he told us. “We have had – in my opinion – three contenders for goal of the season; but our passing and movement today was of the highest quality and Garforth struggled all game to cope with it.”
“In fairness to Garforth they stuck at it, and were very complimentary after the game,” Wayne revealed. “They shouldn’t feel too bad; no-one would have beaten us today. We were that good and the challenge is to reproduce that on a regular basis.”
Wayne felt that the performance had its origins in the manner of last week’s defeat at Maltby Main. “There was a bit of anger and frustration in our performance today and I love that,” he revealed. “That was borne out of a sense of injustice from last week and they have reacted in the perfect way. I saw Scott Mason’s preview yesterday and instead of concentrating on the game today against Penistone, he was more concerned about defending his team from our game the previous week.”
Wayne missed the encounter at Muglet Lane, but he’d been pretty well briefed and had watched the highlight package posted on the NCEL Website. “I wasn’t at the game but I’ve had a ridiculous amount of texts from our own guys – and neutrals – at the game,” he argued. “If his team did nothing wrong why did he need to defend them? I’m sure plenty of people saw the video highlights and are intelligent enough to come to their own conclusions, and to set the record straight – no-one on our Management side made excuses for the defeat. If the lad can read, he will see that my Assistant never mentioned the rough treatment and instead blamed his own players for missing several chances, and losing a game they should have won.”
“It was clear there was a game plan from minute one to take out Brad Dockerty and I don’t really care what he says or anyone connected with Maltby says,” raged Wayne. “I’m told that it was evident from a chest-high tackle in the first minute on Jason Yates, then a forearm smash on Nash Connolly a couple of minutes later what their approach was going to be.”
“I’ve kept quiet – because I wasn’t there – but the tone of Scott’s interview was nonsense. It’s a man’s game and as someone who never shirked a tackle or confrontation, I would have loved to play in it, but to be painted as whingers because we lost is ridiculous. I lost a bit of respect last week for a club I’ve always had a bit of time for, but I’m delighted with tonight’s victory and performance and I think that well and truly puts last week to bed.”
Four-goal Brad Dockerty was as pleased with the three points as he was with his goals. “It’s nice to get back on track after the loss last week,” Brad told us. “I think it was crucial we got the win today to make sure we don’t fall too far behind the leaders and I thought the team put in a good performance from 1 to 11 – including the subs that came on.”
“It’s always nice to be back amongst the goals.”