Hemsworth MW rounded off their much improved season with another victory on Saturday as they clinched third place in Division One of the Toolstation NCE League.
In the end it was a case of so near yet so far as Wayne Benn’s men finished just three points behind second-placed Pontefract Collieries and five behind champions Clipstone.
But they could look back on a fine campaign when they were beaten only once away from home all season in the league and that in a game at Hallam when they had to play the entire second half with 10 men following Lee Swift’s sending off.
They scored 104 goals in the league and collected 88 points from their 42 matches – enough for promotion in most years.
In Nick Guest they had a prolific scorer with his tally of 38 goals in total (34 in Division One) being bettered by only one player, Louth Town’s Jamie Coulson, in the whole of the league.
Fittingly Hemsworth signed off with another away success as they came back from Lincolnshire with the points from a 2-0 victory at Winterton Rangers last Saturday.
In a more eventful game than the score suggested, Winterton felt aggrieved that they had a “goal” disallowed in the first minute and were forced to play the last hour with 10 men after defender Craig Hunsdley was red carded for a foul made when he was the last man back.
It was a stop-start affair, but Welfare finally took command in the second half when Guest added to his tally with the opening goal on 63 minutes.
Sam Colbear then made sure of the victory by bagging Hemsworth’s second five minutes from time and the defence kept a clean sheet to ensure they would finish in third place.
Despite beating champions Sutton Rovers 1-0 in their final game, Hemsworth MW’s Doncaster Senior League team narrowly missed out on the title as they finished runners-up, four points off top.