If evidence was ever needed of the regularly-made assertion that any side in the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division can beat any other on their day, look no further than fifteenth-placed Liversedge’s late win over third-placed Hemsworth Miners Welfare at the Clayborn Ground yesterday afternoon.
A crowd of 98 on Quaker Lane saw the contest decided in Sedge’s favour thanks to Kevy Tarangadzo’s goal with just seven minutes of normal time left – and the result, and events elsewhere at the top of the table left Wells Manager, Wayne Benn struggling to understand the many contradictions on show in Cleckheaton yesterday, writes Colin Muncie.
“It was a frustrating day at the office for us yesterday,” Wayne acknowledged. “Firstly, congratulations to Liversedge on the win; they played the pitch and the conditions better than us and for that reason deserved to win. They defended well, got men behind the ball and always carried a threat on the break.”
Last week, Hemsworth enjoyed a superb away win at Athersley, but Wayne acknowledged that yesterday’s display wasn’t anywhere near that standard, despite the return of some key faces. “For our part, after last week’s brilliant performance we decided to throw in one of our worst performances,” he told TBG. “In fact, the lads have been exceptional for the previous three games with a squad that was down to the bare bones; so, it’s ironic that when we have the strongest squad, we have had in ages available, we turn in such a poor performance.”
“I don’t feel it was complacency or lack of effort,” Wayne asserted. “We just lacked quality in anything that we did. Our passing was miles off what it normally is, and our attacking play, which is our main strength was poor all game. We did have some chances, as did Liversedge, but we didn’t work the ‘keeper anywhere near enough for my liking – and that’s unusual for us.”
“We could moan about the pitch and the wind spoiling the game, but I’m not one for excuses,” Wayne added. “We simply weren’t good enough yesterday; and it hurts even more when you see the other results drop in. We missed a great opportunity to gain a few points on teams in and around us, and you can ill afford to do that in a League as tight as this.”
There’s a massive third versus second clash at the MDC Stadium next Saturday, and you can bet that Wells will be ready for the challenge. “We have to take this on the chin, regroup and react strongly next week against Penistone,” Wayne assured us.