Scotty is a dif­fer­ent class, says Benyon

Stones’ goal hero says McGleish praise is ‘fan­tas­tic’ FOOT­BALL

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT - By Jon Batham tms-sport@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

EL­LIOT Benyon would rather not be men­tioned in the same breath as his new coach at Weald­stone Scott McGleish when it comes to scor­ing goals.

Benyon’s lat­est brace in Stones’ 3-1 win at Gosport on Satur­day took the sum­mer sign­ing from Hayes & Yead­ing’s tally for the sea­son to a far from un­lucky 13.

No won­der then McGleish said re­cently the for­mer Torquay and Wy­combe striker was a more clin­i­cal fin­isher than he had ever been.

How­ever, Benyon isn’t hav­ing a bit of such talk, claim­ing while they may be sim­i­lar in style and stature as front-men McGleish’s longevity and record at pro­fes­sional level leaves him en­vi­ous.

“There’s no chance I’m the more clin­i­cal fin­isher,” he said.

“Scott is only say­ing that be­cause he is on the coach­ing side now isn’t he?

“He is still dif­fer­ent class in train­ing. He still puts them all in the top cor­ner, he’s qual­ity.

“Me and Scotty are sim­i­lar. I grew up watch­ing him as a player, but I don’t like to put my­self in the same bracket as him as he had a very, very good ca­reer.

“But if he is say­ing things like that about me then that is fan­tas­tic for me know­ing what a good player and fin­isher he was.”

Weald­stone’s lat­est win was the sixth of their most suc­cess­ful start to a Con­fer­ence South campaign since they won pro­mo­tion as Ry­man League Cham­pi­ons back in 2013-14. There’s been a more ex­cit­ing brand of foot­ball at times too.

Benyon warned though it is early days in any tran­si­tion from the mid-ta­ble men of the last two cam­paigns, and win­ning the scrappy ones will ul­ti­mately de­ter­mine whether fur­ther progress is made.

“We don’t want to get ahead of our­selves,” he added.

“We know what [man­ager] Gor­don [Bartlett] ex­pects of us and what we ex­pect of our­selves.

“We have just got to go out and de­liver. We are not go­ing to win ev­ery game – we are go­ing to have times where we don’t play well and games where we lose.

“But if we stick to­gether as a club, fans, play­ers and staff I think we have got a re­ally good chance. The se­cret is win­ning ugly.

“You look at the teams who got pro­moted last year and got up there, they won ugly and that’s mas­sive.

“I’m sure the fans would rather three points than any­thing else.”

ON FORM: Striker El­liot Benyon

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