It was the expected high-calibre Toolstation NCEL Premier Division encounter at the MDC Stadium in Fitzwilliam yesterday – and when the dust had settled, Nash Connolly’s goal with just three minutes left confirmed that Hemsworth Miners Welfare will finish the calendar year fourth in the table, with Staveley Miners Welfare in twelfth.
It turned out not to be the pass and move game most had expected, for reasons Wells Manager, Wayne Benn will explain shortly, but it was, nevertheless, a fiercely contested affair in front of a super crowd of 148 in Fitzwilliam, writes Colin Muncie.
Wayne told TBG, “I’m delighted with the win today. Staveley are a very good side but we have managed to win ugly again and a second consecutive clean sheet is very pleasing. I expected a different game in all honesty; but our pitch put paid to a free-flowing passing game. It made it scrappy – which didn’t suit either side – and in the end we just had to grind out a result. I think it’s a deserved win based on our 2nd half performance; we were far from our best, but we kept asking questions, kept going and got our rewards in the end.”
Wells weren’t at their strongest yesterday and Wayne reflected positively on the depth of his squad. “I’m particularly pleased to have won despite having three big players suspended and a couple injured,” he admitted. “These last couple of games have been a real squad effort – and the lads that have stepped in have done very well.”
Next up for Wells is the reverse of our ‘Action all Areas’ feature from earlier in the season. “We will enjoy tonight,” Wayne agreed, “and look forward to another tough game next week against near neighbours Athersley Rec.”