In this week’s Bootiful Preview, we highlighted the likely task facing fourth-placed Hemsworth Miners Welfare ahead of their thirty-mile trip North West via the M621 to face 16th-placed Thackley in the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division. Wells will want to extend their recent good form, but face a tough task at Dennyfield after the home side’s blistering 5-0 win at Knaresborough last week – and both managers are clearly expecting a tough ninety minutes, writes Colin Muncie.
Hemsworth Manager Wayne Benn told us, “On Saturday we head across to Thackley looking for a win that keeps the pressure on the teams around us this weekend. They had an outstanding result last weekend against Knaresborough so we know we are in for a very difficult afternoon. They will have gained a lot of confidence from that result and that makes our task a little harder; but I have great confidence in our players to go there and get the job done. We will need to perform well and I’ll certainly be looking for us to be a bit sharper in our attacking play than we were last week – but I’ll take the same result at this stage of the season.”
“We are just concentrating on ourselves and trying to accumulate as many points as we can,” Wayne emphasised. “With so many teams in the mix its set for an exciting end to the season; hopefully my lads are up for the challenge.”
Thackley’s boss, Patrick McGuire, is looking to rewrite a little bit of history this weekend. “Hemsworth are a team I admire,” he admitted. “They play good football and have good players all over the park. We have regularly struggled against them and they have often been a bit of a bogey team for us, so Saturday we’ll be looking to get over this trend. We go into the game on the back of a good win at Knaresborough and unlucky to concede a late equaliser in a friendly against Bradford City on Tuesday night, so the lads should be full of confidence. We’ve added a new signing this week and look to bring one more in next week, so competition for places is rife and the lads know they have to perform just to make the sixteen.”
“Hopefully this is the recipe for another good team performance, as anything less will see us take nothing from the game,” Patrick warned. “I’ve challenged the lads to put a run together and have a strong finish to an inconsistent season but we have some difficult games coming up. However, the difficult run started last week and we came through that with flying colours so I expect the same desire and quality this weekend – as it’s about time we put on a good show at Dennyfield.”