Hemsworth MW had to settle for earning a point on their travels as they faced a Handsworth Parramore team that started the day ahead of them in the Toolstation NCE Premier Division table.
Although disappointed by the goalless draw, Wells were happy to have kept their second successive clean sheet against a Handsworth team that had been free scoring this season with 39 goals in their first 10 matches.
In contrast, Hemsworth have found the goals a little harder to come by as they have only scored 16 times in their first 10 games.
But they do boast a solid defence and that saw them through to their point against a Parramore team that have only been beaten twice so far and stand four points above Wells in the table.
It was also a missed opportunity as the hosts were down to 10 men in the first half when they had their goalkeeper sent off for handling outside his area. Goalmouth action was at a premium, however, in the first half.
Early in the second half Handsworth were fortunate not to lose another man after a professional foul was only punished with a yellow card as Hemsworth were denied after a dangerous break.
Nick Guest saw his effort well saved by the substitute Parramore keeper following good work by Bill Law and as Wells turned up the heat Luke Danville saw his header cleared off the line. Law’s shot from outside the box was comfortably saved and at the other end Hemsworth keeper Chris Snaith was forced to make a superb save to keep out a close range effort.
Hemsworth had their big chance to grab all three points four minutes from time when awarded a penalty, but Brice Tiani’s spot kick was saved.
They kept going in search of a winner, but were denied it as Law and Guest both had efforts cleared off the line and Tiani shot wide after cleverly making space for himself with a touch of skill.
Hemsworth’s defensive capabilities are likely to be tested again this Saturday when they host early season revelations Liversedge, who have left their struggles of recent seasons behind and are flying high at the top of the Premier Division table with 31 points from their first 13 games and 48 goals so far. Kick-off is 3pm.
Another game quickly follows with Hemsworth at home to Parkgate in the third round of the NCE League Cup next Tuesday (7.45pm).
Hemsworth have added to their squad with the signing of Glasshoughton’s star performer, Richard Collier.
The talented left-winger, a former Farsley Celtic under 19s player, has been a revelation for Glasshoughton and his performances in the epic two-part FA Vase tie between the two clubs no doubt played a big part in persuading Wells manager Wayne Benn to sign him.