Definitely not the easiest of weeks for Hemsworth Miners Welfare, but they put their disappointment to one side for a Saturday afternoon after a fine 4-1 home win over League leaders Yorkshire Amateur at the Distant Futures Stadium yesterday. The result drops Ammers to second for now, and promotes Hemsworth to third; and the performance left Wells Manager Wayne Benn delighted, but frustrated, writes Colin Muncie.
Talisman Brad Dockerty set the home side on their way as early as the third minute, and Graham McLachlan put through his own goal in the sixth minute to double Hemsworth’s lead. Sam Jones grabbed a third to give the hosts a 3-0 cushion at the interval in front of a crowd of 104. Dockerty extended the lead with fifteen minutes left, and there was just enough time left for Harry Blakey to pull one back for Amateur with six minutes left.
“I’m really delighted with today’s result and performance,” Wayne told TBG. “It was a really good way to end a difficult week and the lads did exactly what I asked of them – which was to put smiles on faces. We were good value for the win and could argue that we should have scored a few more. We’ve beaten one of the best footballing sides in the Division comfortably and that is where the frustration comes from, for me. Had we performed anywhere near the level we have today, then we would have convincingly won last week’s game against Penistone.”
It’s an unfortunately familiar theme for the Wells Manager, as he explained. “The inconsistency we have is the problem and it drives me up the wall. We are capable of beating anyone on our day as we have proved many times but equally, we are capable of throwing in a really poor performance and losing against anyone. The quality is there, we just have to show it on a more consistent basis.”
Wayne isn’t surprised that Yorkshire Amateur are in the mix at the top of the Division. “I absolutely can see why Ammers have been top of the League so long,” he acknowledged. “They are a good side with some very good individuals, but we didn’t let them breathe today. Our work rate was fantastic and we out-passed a good side. We need to maintain this level of performance now over the next few weeks.”
“We have another tough game against Worksop next week, so we will see what happens.”
The Bootiful Game would like to thank Hemsworth’s outgoing Chairman, Richard Norman, for his written and verbal contributions to our magazine.