HEMSWORTH MW boss Wayne Benn is hoping his side can mount a strong finish to their campaign to highlight the big strides forward they’ve made this season.
Welfare are on-course for their highest-ever points tally in Northern Counties East League Division 1 - the record is 55 and they’re currently on 51 with four games to go.
But just one win from seven games in March has dampened spirits around the Fitzwilliam Sports Complex, and Benn is looking for his side to up their form in the closing stages of the season.
“It’s been a long season and it’s caught up with us, especially with such a small squad,” said Benn.
“The lads have been absolutely fantastic for seven months of the season but March wasn’t kind to us.
“We’ve had injuries and we’ve had suspensions but I still think we should have done better than we did last month.”
Welfare took a creditable point from a 1-1 draw with local rivals and promotion hopefuls Pontefract Collieries at the weekend.
Liam Ormsby fired Pontefract ahead before Hemsworth hit back to level through Lee Dawson after 20 minutes.
It was a match Benn felt his side should have won. But he was pleased with the performance and hopes his men can build on that going into the final four matches of the season.
“In April we want to kick-on from Saturday’s game,” he said.
“I want us to get four wins from four and finish as high up the league table as possible.
“It’s tempting for players to go into holiday mode but I’ll be making sure my lads don’t.”
A trip to face struggling Yorkshire Amateurs is next on the agenda tonight (kick-off 7.45pm).
The match was moved to cater for the Leeds-based ground-hoppers weekend.
It means a bumper crowd is expected for the game and Benn is hoping his men have the right mindset to come away with three points.
“We’ve played well against the teams higher up the table and struggled against those teams down at the bottom for some reason,” he said.
“I think it’s all down to the mindset of the players.
“I could say we’re going to Yorkshire Amateurs to get a comfortable three points but we’ve been around long enough to know it won’t be that easy.”
Benn is still fully focused on guiding his men to a strong finish to the season, but he admits he already has one eye on preparations for next term.
“I think you’ve got to,” he admitted.
“I’ve got some targets in mind to bolster the squad but there will probably only be two or three new quality players in.
“Hopefully we can get them but we don’t have a budget to compete with other clubs around us.”
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