Hemsworth MW let lead slip in defensive horror show

Scorer: Luke Danville.
Scorer: Luke Danville.

After losing to Premier Division strugglers Armthorpe Welfare in midweek, Hemsworth MW made it an unwanted double when they went down to another surprise defeat at home to bottom of the table Barton Town Old Boys in the Toolstation NCE League last Saturday.

In a remarkable game Wells somehow contrived to let in five second half goals against opponents who had only won once previously this season – and this after they had led 2-1 at half-time and appeared on their way to a routine three points that would enable them to close on the top six.

Hemsworth were again without injured defender Harry Viggars and his absence was to prove vital as their usual defensive stability was not there.

The defence was breached as early as the 11th minute when Andrew Lewis gave the basement dwellers the lead with a strike from the edge of the box.

But Wayne Benn’s men got into their stride and could have quickly equalised as Billy Law went through one-on-one with keeper Rick Watson only to be denied.

Nick Guest then went close a minute later as he saw his header tipped over by Watson. But from the resulting corner, Luke Danville came up from the back to head home an equaliser.

Home keeper Chris Snaith kept the game all square with a fine save to deny Barton’s James Nichols while the visiting keeper was called into action again to save Richard Collier’s strike.

Wells took the lead two minutes before the break as Adam Wilson stayed composed to fire past Watson and with a 2-1 lead the hosts looked to be in control.

They were to be left stunned in the second half, however, as Barton levelled within six minutes of the restart through Jonathan O’Callaghan.

Only a smart double save by Snaith then prevented the visitors from taking the lead.

Manager Benn responded by making two changes, bringing Nash Connolly and Ashley Smith on for Brice Tiani and Jed Wilkinson. But within two minutes Wells found themselves behind with O’Callaghan netting again.

Hemsworth had an effort disallowed as Danville was ruled offside when Jack Steers headed home and they felt aggrieved when a foul on Guest was given outside the area after it looked to possibly be inside. Barton were given a penalty on 78 minutes and Thomas Waudby put it away to make it 4-2.

The hosts responded quickly with Collier netting, but Nichols’ 25-yarder ended their hopes of a late comeback.

Barton then rubbed salt into the wound with a sixth goal in the first minute of injury-time as O’Callaghan completed his hat-trick.

After the back to back home defeats to teams they should have beaten Hemsworth will perhaps be pleased to be back on their travels this Saturday when they go to Worskop Town, who are two places below them in tenth. Kick-off is 3pm.