Four star Hemsworth MW stretch lead at top

Danny Critchlow, scorer for Hemsworth MW.
Danny Critchlow, scorer for Hemsworth MW.

Hemsworth MW made a winning return to action after a fortnight without a game when they won impressively away to Yorkshire Amateur in Division One of the Toolstation NCE League on Saturday.

Wayne Benn’s men stretched their lead at the top to seven points when they came away from the east Leeds side with a 4-1 success.

After a tight opening, Welfare took command once Bill Law put them ahead and went on to complete a double over the Ammers, who they had beaten 6-1 at home in September.

The hosts are known as one of the better attacking sides in the division, but they got no change out of the Hemsworth back line and it was goalless until Law struck with his 17th goal of the season eight minutes before half-time.

A Chris Hitchings own goal four minutes after the break doubled the Welfare lead and Shane Kelsey struck to keep them firmly in control, although Joel Hughes did find the net for Amateur.

Top scorer Danny Critchlow put the seal on another good victory for Hemsworth with his 18th goal for the club five minutes from time.

With Hull United, who started the day in second place, only drawing 1-1 with Westella VIP, it meant Welfare were able to go seven points clear at the top.

AFC Mansfield went back into second on goal difference with their 5-0 drubbing of Lincoln Moorlands Railway and they appear to be Hemsworth’s biggest title rivals now as they have two games in hand on them.

Welfare will be confident of holding onto their advantage at the top when they are next in action in a local derby on Boxing Day.

They make the short journey to play Glasshoughton Welfare in a game kicking off at 12.30pm.

The hosts have struggled since relegation from the Premier last season, but are now under new management so could be more dangerous than their league position of 17th would suggest and they did take two points off Hemsworth with a 1-1 draw on the opening day of the season.

Benn’s men have improved hugely since then, however, and are now unbeaten in 15 league games, a run going back to September 19.

They have won their last four outings, averaging more than five goals a game in that time and have put themselves in a great position for the second half of the season.