it MAY have been a teak-tough pre-season for Hemsworth MW, but they aren’t half reaping the rewards now, writes LEON WOBSCHALL.
That’s the message from Welfare boss Wayne Benn, whose second-placed side can go top of Division One of the Toolstation NCEL if they vanquish Grimsby Borough this evening.
On Saturday, Welfare triumphed 3-1 at Grimsby thanks to second-half goals from William Kemp and a brace from Nicholas Guest, who has found the net nine times alrady this term – and will be eyeing raising his tally into double figures for the season against the east coast outfit this evening.
On Hemsworth’s eye-catching opening, ex-Bradford City player Benn, who returned to the club for a second spell in charge alongside Andy Hayward last October, said: “We have had a good start and hit the ground running, which everyone wants to do really.
“We had a really tough pre-season and that was the intention really and we got some really good sides down from several leagues higher and it has really helped us as we look sharp.
“We played the likes of Farsley, Stocksbridge and Frickley and when I spoke to my assistant, I said: ‘we will struggle to win a game here.’ But we actually won probably our most difficult game against Frcikley and we drew against Ossett Albion.
“There were some positive signs, although we had to work extremely hard with the other teams having more possession.”
While an intense pre-season has conditioned Hemsworth well, the momentum the club had in thelatter stages of last term is also being carried over, much to the delight of Benn.
Benn, whose side lost just twice in their last 12 league games of 2013-14 and have seen their colours lowered just once this season, said: “We have kind of also picked up from where we left off last year when we had a really good end to the season and from January onwards, we were outstanding.
“It took a while to get things sorted after we came back, but we were great from January and now we have also recruited one or two to the squad and are in the process of adding some more as well.
“For such a very good side, things are going great at the moment.
“But for such a young side, things can soon change very quickly and we aren’t getting carried away or counting for our chickens.”