To describe Hemsworth Miners Welfare Manager Wayne Benn as being a little grumpy on Saturday night might just have been understating things a tad. His side had lost at Knaresborough that afternoon, and he hadn’t been thrilled by the feedback he’d had from his coaching staff. Benn Towers will have been a cat-free zone for an hour or two, although TBG would not like to suggest the probability of any animal cruelty in the use of such a metaphor. Anyhow, Wayne was clearly feeling a little more chipper this morning after his players recaptured third place in the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division after a 4-1 win over 15th-placed Albion Sports at the Distant Futures Stadium last night – and he had good things to say about the squad’s application on the night, writes Colin Muncie.
Nash Connolly got the show on the road for the home side after 17 minutes, and although Eddie Church levelled for the Lions just after the half hour, Sidney Santos restored Hemsworth’s advantage just before the break. The crowd of 81 saw Luke Danville (55 mins) and Connolly again (57 mins) clinch the three points.
“Tonight, was more like what is expected of our players,” Wayne acknowledged. “We have performed well, worked hard and righted the wrongs of Saturday. As I said, we made six changes and ruffled a few feathers tonight – and I have to say the players that came into the side all did really well. I also have to say the lads who were left out reacted in the way I hoped they would, and the three that got on the pitch went on and did very well.”
“Players have to realise that the absolute minimum that is required at this football club is hard work, something that was sadly lacking at the weekend. Players are allowed to have bad games – they are human – but that never ever excuses them from putting a shift in for the team. Each and every one of them has done that tonight and they have got their rewards.”
“I’ve been quite harsh with the lads tonight prior to the game, but it’s sparked a great reaction. Hopefully I don’t have to react that way with them again for the remainder of the season.”
“We were brave with our team selection tonight,” Wayne acknowledged, “and the lads who came in have given us food for thought; it also shows the quality we have throughout the squad. I felt we were deserved winners tonight and left a couple of goals out there. Some of our play has been very good on a pitch that is a massive hindrance to us, and the lads deserve great credit for that.”
Wayne admitted that the visitors were no pushover. “Albion were bright and a threat for most of the game,” he told us. “They had a good start to the game and a good ten minutes at the start of the second-half, but I always felt we were in control and kept them at arm’s length for most of the game. I can see why their results have picked up; they carry a threat going forward and, in fairness to them, never stopped trying to get back into the game.”
“We now have some tough decisions ahead of us for what will be a very tough game on Saturday against a good Maltby side.”