Hemsworth’s FA Cup adventure ends at Mossley

Bill Law, who hit the crossbar for Hemsworth MW at Mossley.
Bill Law, who hit the crossbar for Hemsworth MW at Mossley.

After their fine start to the season Hemsworth MW came down to earth with a bump as they were unable to pull off an FA Cup upset at higher league Mossley.

Up against opponents from the Evo-Stik First Division North in a preliminary round contest, Wayne Benn’s men were two down early and conceded two late goals to lose 4-0.

NCE Premier Division side Hemsworth battled to stay in the cup tie and gave a decent account of themselves, but their FA Cup dream is over for another year.

Hemsworth, top of their division with seven points from their first three games, started like a confident side and were unlucky not to take the lead inside two minutes when Bill Law’s close range effort hit the crossbar.

Nash Connolly then saw his effort blocked, but Mossley survived and took the lead against the run of play through Mike Fish after his initial shot had been saved by keeper Sam Leigh.

The hosts doubled their advantage six minutes later when Dougie Carroll raced through to score.

Wells remained lively, but good defending kept them out for the rest of the first half.

After the break with the wind at their backs Hemsworth pressed forward again and Mossley survived a couple of goal-mouth scrambles.

But they could not find the net and the home team sealed their passage into the next round in the 89th minute when speedy winger Damase Kiwanda was brought down just outside the box and Kyle McGonigle fired home a free-kick that left Leigh rooted to his line.

Leigh made good saves to deny Fish and Omar McKenzie, but in added time Mossley added a fourth goal as Fish headed home from a corner.

Hemsworth return to league action this Saturday away to Clipstone (3pm). They are away again next Tuesday when making the trip to Barton Town Old Boys (7.45pm) in another Premier Division game.