Wakefield FC chief encouraged by upturn in Bears’ form

editorial image

WAKEFIELD FC chief executive Pete Bevils has praised the Bears’ form since the turn of the year which has seen them move away from the Evo-Stik Division 1 North relegation spots.

The College Grove side have made an impressive start to 2011 with two wins, a draw and one defeat from their four Division 1 North matches so far.

Their sole defeat came with ten men at leaders Chester on Saturday.

They highlighted their good form with a 1-0 home victory against high-flying Clitheroe at College Grove on Tuesday night.

And Bevils believes boss Steve Nicholson can help continue the club’s good run of form on the pitch as the Bears start looking up the table rather than down.

“For the first 15 or 20 minutes against Clitheroe they looked a quality team and we were lucky to keep them out,” he said.

“But after that spell of pressure we just clicked, retained the ball really well and we were on top for a good 65 minutes to go and deserved to win.

“We defended well at times and I think it’s really coming together now.”

He continued: “We should have beaten Ossett Albion at home and had to settle for a draw and we were unfortunate at Chester at the weekend because we played most of the match with ten men.

“I don’t think Tom (Denton) deserved to be sent off, we could have easily been given a penalty instead but the linesman decided to give it the other way and we were always up against it then.”

Nicholson had endured a mixed bag of results before Christmas since taking over as manager from Ronnie Glavin.

But the club’s fine start to 2011 will lift spirits around College Grove as the Bears aim for a good year on the pitch.

Wakefield will aim to continue their good form when they visit second-placed Chorley on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

See Friday’s Wakefield Express for the full story and all the latest news from our local Evo-Stik Premier League clubs.