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May & Baker boss Wetherall expects tough Benfleet test

PUBLISHED: 10:00 07 December 2018

May & Baker manager Micky Wetherall during May & Baker vs Swaffham Town, Buildbase FA Vase Football at Gale Street on 4th November 2018

May & Baker manager Micky Wetherall during May & Baker vs Swaffham Town, Buildbase FA Vase Football at Gale Street on 4th November 2018

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May & Baker manager Micky Wetherall is expecting a good match against Benfleet this weekend.

Bakers welcome Fleet to Barking Rugby Club on Saturday as they continue to hunt the Thurlow Nunn First Division South front-runners.

The last time the two sides met, Wetherall’s men nicked a 1-0 win thanks to a goal from Reece Tranter at Park Lane.

“Benfleet are a good side and gave us a good game at their place,” Wetherall said. “We will now be looking to give them a good game at our place.”

The Bakers boss feels his side haven’t been at their best of late so is pleased to see them still sitting amongst the top teams in the league table.

“After the rocky month we’ve had and the fact we’re playing our worst football that I’ve seen us play in two seasons, to be up near the top of the table with five games in hand is pleasing,” he added.

“Something tells me when we get back to playing well and regain our confidence the lads will be fine and have a successful season.

“We will look at Christmas, set a target, maybe bring in a couple more players to help us and thicken the squad as we’ve been thin on the ground.”

Bakers go into the clash on the back of a narrow 1-0 win at Wivenhoe Town last weekend.

A goal from Dean Hall sealed the three points for Bakers at Broad Lane and Wetherall felt they played with more freedom.

“We changed shape and tried something completely new to the players to give them freedom and told them if today goes wrong it’s on me so play with no fear keep the ball and enjoy the game,” he said.

“1-0 away from home is a job well done. We scored away from home, kept a seventh clean sheet for the season, three points for us when those around us dropped points.

“It was nice to see our player of the month Dean Hall pop up with another goal.

“That’s three for him now this season and he puts in an amazing shift every game but this month when things have got tougher he’s stepped up and dragged the lads up with him.”

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