Craig Denton and his Worksop Town juggernaut may enjoy a well-earned six-point advantage at the top of the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division, but none of the pack chasing the Tigers are giving anything up yet. Two of the pursuants, Bridlington Town [4th] and Hemsworth Miners Welfare [5th] two points behind, but with a game in hand, meet at Hemsworth’s Distant Futures Stadium on Saturday – and both Managers recognise the importance of the fixture – so much so, one of them is pulling his boots back on for the run-in, writes Colin Muncie.
Wells’ Wayne Benn is a great admirer of the visitors and their Manager – but that admiration will be going in the back pocket at 3 pm as he sets his sights on three points. “It’s another tough game for us on Saturday against a strong Bridlington Town side, but a game I’m very much looking forward to,” Wayne told the Bootiful Game. “Brid have stumbled of late but we know the threat they pose and know that only a real good performance by us will win us the points. You could argue we are in better form, but that’s not really relevant and if we don’t perform, we won’t win – it’s that simple.”
“I’ve been really impressed with the job Brett [Agnew, Seasiders’ Manager] has done so far. At one point they got themselves into an excellent position and I’m sure he will be a bit disappointed that their chances of potentially winning the League have slipped away over the last few weeks, but he shouldn’t be. He’s doing a great job, his first as a Manager; I really like what I read and hear from Brett and think he has handled himself really well. He’s the Manager of a proper football club, backed by a fantastic chairman in Pete Smurthwaite and I can see them going from strength to strength.”
“All that said we desperately want to beat them tomorrow,” Wayne warned. “The race for second is very much on and as we know we won’t win the League this year, it’s important to try and finish as high as possible. We are capable of winning every remaining game and we may have to, to finish second, but so are Penistone, Brid, Yorkshire Amateur and Staveley, so we need to be at it in every single game. We will be really tested on Saturday and I read Brett may be making a playing comeback – which doesn’t make our job any easier – but my players are more than capable of winning this game.”
“It should be a great game,” Wayne concluded, “both teams know it’s an important game and hopefully we do enough to move ahead of Brid in the League – to stay in the race for second.”
Normally Brett Agnew would be in the Seasiders technical area; but it may be that he delegates touchline duties to assistant Anthony Bowsley, as this week he announced his return to playing action – and he’s looking forward to the clash in Fitzwilliam.
“Saturday is one of those games that you should relish playing in against a very good footballing side and a tough place to go, where the fans are on at you from the word go,” Brett told the Bootiful Game. “Wayne is one of the best Managers in the League who deserves massive respect – and so does his side.”
“They will be looking to give us one back from the three-nil defeat at our place [at the end of October] Brett warned. “We must get our spirits back up, stop feeling sorry for ourselves and start going at teams like we were doing three games ago.”
Brett explained his return to on-field action. “We have just been missing a different edge and physical presence in the last few games where we have been too nice to teams and not put ourselves about enough.” he told us.
“That’s why I’ve signed myself on – to be in the squad for Saturday’s game – to give us a bit of bite on the pitch.”