Hemsworth Miners Welfare surged through to join Liversedge at the semi-final stage of the NCEL League Cup last night after their 2-1 home win over Handsworth Parramore at the Distant Futures Stadium – and Wells Manager, Wayne Benn, was delighted with the result – and the performance behind it, writes Colin Muncie.
First-half strikes from Nash Connolly (28 minutes) and Adam Knight (38 minutes) took Wells into the break two goals to the good in front of the 90-strong Fitzwilliam crowd; and despite Ellis Moore’s 88thminute goal for Handsworth, Wells took another significant step towards a trophy.
“I’m delighted with my players tonight,” Wayne beamed. “They reacted as I expected they would after a bit of criticism from me for Saturday and tonight is as well as we have played for a few games. There is still room for improvement and I don’t think we were at our absolute best, but we thoroughly deserved the win against a good Handsworth Parramore side.
In the first half especially, we were very good; some of our play on a difficult pitch was first class and the move leading to the second goal was very satisfying for me as a Manager.
I think we limited Handsworth to maybe one chance in the first-half which takes some doing and I felt we were well on top and deserved to be 2-0 at half time.”
“We weren’t as good with the ball in the second-half but our work rate was fantastic,” Wayne added, “and I felt we managed the game very well until an odd goal set up a tense 5 minutes again. Only the lad who scored will know, but it looked like a cross to me that just dipped in at the far corner – but again we limited a good side to very few chances.”
“We are in the draw for the semi-final which is very pleasing and it’s nice to do it on the back of a very good performance,” Wayne summed up.
“That’s seven straight wins now and it’s a real shame there is no game for us this weekend as the momentum is building very nicely.”