Wakefield FC confident of upturn in fortunes

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WAKEFIELD FC director Pete Bevils believes positive results on the pitch will follow the positive reaction to the club’s move to play at Wakefield Trinity Wildcats’ Rapid Solicitors Stadium this season.

The Bears have lost all five of their matches in all competitions so far this season without scoring a goal.

There’s no panic from the Evo-Stik Division 1 North club yet, however, and Bevils is confident improvements will soon be shown on the pitch.

“We’re not spending a great deal of money this season so it’s going to be a long haul, we’re building the club back up from the foundations so we have to be patient,” he said.

“We’re playing good football though, and Paul is a good manager.

“It’s been a tough start but the players shouldn’t be disheartened.

“We had three open goals in our FA Cup game at Garforth and just couldn’t buy that goal.

“I’m sure the goals will start to come and the points will follow. The good thing is that we’re creating chances.”

The Bears have lost both of their home games at the Belle Vue stadium so far but the move has been a seamless one for the club, who shared Ossett Town’s ground last term.

“We settled in straight away,” Bevils said.

“Everyone has been great from the ground staff to the directors and we’ve been made to feel very welcome.

“We’ve seen an increase in our crowds slightly as well. We got more fans at the Skelmersdale game than we did for the corresponding fixture last year so the signs are good.”

Wakefield are welcoming Wildcats and Huddersfield Town season ticket holders for the reduced price of £5 for all home league matches this term.

And they’re also set to launch a new membership scheme to allow further reduced entry to matches.

The club’s under-21s team certainly don’t have any problems finding the back of the net.

The newly-formed team drew 2-2 with their Ossett Town counterparts and they showed plenty of spirit in coming from 4-0 down against AFC Emley U19s to draw 4-4.

Bevils is hoping some players can make the step-up to first-team action and he says the club is also looking at entering an under-23s league to aid their development.

“The aim is to get these players to the first team eventually,” he said.

“Simon Turfrey [chief executive] is looking at entering the U21s into an U23s league so the players have a bit of a stepping stone.

“We don’t want to just throw them in to the first team.”

Wakefield have a weekend with no match owing to their early exit from the FA Cup at the hands of Garforth.

They fell to a 4-0 defeat at Radcliffe Borough at the weekend with Ben Wharton doing the damage with a hat-trick. Chris McDonagh completed the scoring for the hosts to leave the Bears pointless and bottom of the table after four games of the season.

They turn their attention to FA Trophy action next time out and a tough trip to the Giant Axe to face Lancaster City in the Preliminary Round on Saturday, September 15.

The club is running a coach from the Days Hotel with seats priced £10.