Hemsworth MW off to flying start in Premier

Nash Connolly
Nash Connolly

Hemsworth MW are the early pacesetters in the Premier Division of the Toolstation NCE League after winning their first two games following promotion.

Wayne Benn’s men continued their good work from last season as they won 2-0 at Parkgate in their first-ever Premier Division game last Wednesday and followed up by beating Garforth Town 3-0 in their first home game in the top flight.

Wells opened their league season in confident style and they could not have wished for a better start as they were two up inside eight minutes.

Nash Connolly put them ahead within two minutes of the kick-off then Del Pollock soon doubled the advantage.

No further goals followed, but Hemsworth defended well to ensure their first three points.

It was almost an exact repeat when Wells hosted Garforth Town and were again quickly two up with the same scorers.

Connolly once more was quick off the mark to net with a header in the opening 60 seconds and Pollock made it two on 10 minutes following Connolly’s cross.

This time Connolly added his second as he did well to beat keeper Paul Hagreen from an angle after racing onto a fine pass by Brice Tiani.

Only good saves by Hagreen prevented more first half goals as Wells threatened to run riot.

Although Garforth were better in the second half, Hemsworth kept the game largely under control and could have added a fourth when returning striker Nick Guest, on as a substitute, went close with a volley.

The visitors had one good chance as Mitch Hamilton failed to score when one-on-one with keeper Sam Leigh.

Hemsworth were back in action on Tuesday night at home to Bridlington Town and collected a creditable point against a side expected to challenge for the title.

Goals by Daniel Henighan and Connolly in the last six minutes earned Wells a 2-2 draw in a game in which all four goals came in the final quarter.

This Saturday Hemsworth are away to Mossley in the FA Cup preliminary round, 3pm.