HEMSWORTH MW manager Wayne Benn believes his on-song team can push their big-spending promotion rivals all the way this season.
Welfare have already caused a shock in Northern Counties East League Division 1 by moving up to sixth in the table thanks to a run of just one defeat since the end of October.
The Fitzwilliam club’s lack of a playing budget means they’re expected to battle it out in mid-table mediocrity.
But Welfare have been a match for rival clubs with relatively deep pockets this season and Benn is hopeful his side can continue to spoil the party.
“I still think there are three or four teams better equipped than us for promotion this season but I said from the start that I expect us to be in and around the top spots,” he said.
“It’s going to be very tough but it’s a funny league. We’ll just take things game by game and see how we progress but the team spirit here is phenomenal and confidence is high at the moment.”
Welfare are arguably the success story of the division so far.
Not only have they reached consistency levels that Benn craved for at the start of the campaign but they’re doing it without paying their players.
“I can’t give the lads enough credit for what they’re doing,” he said.
“After one match I saw our opposition giving players their money and I felt sorry for my lads because we couldn’t give them anything. But they’re enjoying their football here at the moment and they’re all buying in to what we’re trying to do.
“Some of our players have had approaches from clubs at higher levels but they’ve decided they want to stay here because they’re enjoying it.”
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