HEMSWORTH MW players paid the perfect tribute to long-standing club secretary Mark Crapper who died last week with a victory in their final league game of the season.
Welfare obtained permission from the Northern Counties East League to move their final Division 1 game of the season from last Saturday to last night, Tuesday, and switch it to the Fitzwilliam Stadium in order to honour the memory of Mr Crapper.
Mr Crapper, 46, of Newstead Terrace, Fitzwilliam, helped reform Hemsworth MW FC at the Fitzwilliam Stadium in 1981 after the ground had been used for a number of years as a rugby field.
Last night, the Hemsworth team warmed-up in their normal blue strip, each shirt bearing MD Crapper 4 - his favourite number - while a crowd of 371 saw them snatch a 5-3 victory with a late double blast.
Members of Mr Crapper’s family laid floral tributes in the middle of the pitch before the kick-off, which was also preceded by a minute’s silence.
Dean Foley drilled in a low angled shot to put Hemsworth in front after 16 minutes, and they improved through Andrew Hayward who pounced to knock in the ball after a scorching 25-yard drive from Ross Haywood came back off the bar in the 43rd minute.
Teversal reduced the arrears in the 56th minute through Sean Dickinson, only for Robbie Crapper to rifle in MW’s third goal after 69 minutes.
Robert Collins narrowed the gap for the visitors two minutes later and they equalised through a close range effort from Mark Skirton in the 81st minute.
However, Hemsworth staged a late rally and Robbie Crapper crossed for Andrew Hayward to strike again in the 89th minute before Vinny Dawson completed their nap hand two minutes later.
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