Hemsworth MW have taken their first steps towards preparation for life in the Premier Division of the Toolstation NCE League by playing last year’s champions in their opening pre-season game.
Wells were promoted as Division One title winners last term and their preparations for the new campaign began on Sunday when they took on Tadcaster Albion at the MDC Stadium in a game they billed as “Champions Day”.
They gave a good account of themselves and took the lead in the first half only to eventually lose 2-1 to opponents now in the Evo-Stik League’s First Division North.
It was Jason Yates who gave Wells a great start when he lined a shot up from 20 yards out and rifled the ball into the bottom corner of the net.
But Tadcaster hit back in the 35th minute when Conor Sellars struck with a well taken free-kick that beat keeper Chris Snaith.
In the second half the higher ranked team enjoyed a spell of pressure as they upped their game with Sellars going closest before they got a winner in the 80th minute as a long throw-in was flicked on for Adam Baker to shoot home.
It was a good first work-out for Hemsworth, giving them an idea of what to expect in the season ahead. Dom Blair did put the ball in the net in the second half only to be ruled offside.
Wells are back in action tonight at home to Ossett Albion (7.45pm) before they play Willington Quay Saints in their third pre-season match next Saturday (2pm) and entertain Farsley Celtic next Tuesday (7.45pm).
Hemsworth have unveiled the alternate shirt and tracksuit sponsors for their upcoming campaign. PhysioMed are continuing to sponsor the club and their name will be on the alternate kit.
Local business DH Print Services, meanwhile, will carry on helping the club by sponsoring the squad’s tracksuits that are used on their travels.
Hemsworth have also announced that Yorkshire Air Ambulance will be their chosen charity for the 2016-17 season.
A club spokesperson said: “We recognise the great work that the charity do and the enormous costs it takes to keep them in the air.
“We would like to support this over the coming season. You will see posters and collection buckets and tins when visiting our ground and at our community events.”
Wells have been given a home draw in the FA Cup when they take on Runcorn Linnets in an extra preliminary round tie on Saturday, August 6.