CONNOLLY: ““We can’t let the season fizzle out – we’ve still got lots to play for & the boys are well aware of that!”

Hemsworth Miners Welfare went some way to easing the disappointment of that midweek home loss to Toolstation NCEL Premier Division leaders Worksop Town with a 5-1 win over eleventh-placed Eccleshill United at the Distant Futures Stadium yesterday – and Well’s Manager Wayne Benn isn’t giving up on anything as his fourth-placed side contemplate their seven remaining fixtures, writes Colin Muncie. (Main photograph by Non League Yorkshire)

Seon Ripley put the home side in front after sixteen minutes, only for Adam Shaw to level for the Eagles after 24 minutes. Richard Collier restored Hemsworth’s lead after 32 minutes and a Sam Jones penalty right on half-time meant that the home fans in the crowd of 118 enjoyed their half-time refreshments with a two-goal cushion on the Eagles. Wells took control after the break, and Nash Connolly (68 minutes) and Sidney Santos (86 minutes) gave the score line a more comfortable feel.

“I’m delighted with today’s result and the reaction to Tuesday,” Wayne admitted to the Bootiful Game. “If I’m honest we weren’t at our best but we got the win and it was deserved. We had to work hard with the lads before and during the game to motivate them; I think Tuesday was still in people’s system so hopefully today puts that to bed.”

“It was a mixed performance for me,” Wayne confessed. “Some good stuff mixed in with some not-so-good stuff and we may have been fortunate that Eccleshill were far from their best. I’m sure Sean will be disappointed with his team’s performance, but we dominated the game for large parts and deserved the win.”

Looking ahead, Wayne has a simple objective in mind. “With results elsewhere, second place is still a realistic target so we must keep pushing. We face another tough game next week but it’s one we are absolutely capable of winning.”

“The season is very much alive and today has been a very good reaction to the defeat on Tuesday.”

Well’s scorer Richard Collier agreed with his Manager’s assessment. “It was a decent game for us today after the disappointment of Tuesday,” Richard told us. “It is important to get back to winning ways and not let the season just fade away now, and finish as high as we can. We probably weren’t at our best today, a little bit sloppy at times but I can’t complain with a 5-1 win.” 

“We push on again now – and a big one against Bridlington next Saturday.”

Nash Connolly is still looking up, not down after the win. “I’m very happy with the result today and it was good to bounce back from Tuesday’s result,” Nash confirmed. “It was evident that we were still feeling the effects of Tuesday – especially in the first half – but we showed good character, shrugged it off and pushed on to a good result.”

“We can’t let the season fizzle out – we’ve still got lots to play for and the boys are well aware of that.”

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