Hemsworth’s stunners are left stunned by strugglers

Nash Connolly, back after injury for Hemsworth MW.
Nash Connolly, back after injury for Hemsworth MW.

Hemsworth MW suffered a surprise home defeat when they were edged out in a five-goal thriller by lowly Armthorpe Welfare in the Toolstation NCE Premier Division on Tuesday.

After a fantastic victory over promotion seekers Bridlington Town last Saturday Wayne Benn’s men were in good spirits for their return home and expecting to make it four straight league victories against opponents who arrived with just two previous wins all season.

But the visitors proved more resilient than expected and they went ahead when Daniel Taylor scored on 34 minutes.

Richard Collier equalised for Wells after the break before Armthorpe scored again through Gareth Roberts and three minutes later made it 3-1 with Liam Radford on target.

Nash Connolly’s first goal since his return to the team following a long injury lay-off gave the hosts hope with 14 minutes left, but they were unable to find another equaliser.

Hemsworth came from two down to end Bridlington’s 12-match winning run in the league in fantastic style last Saturday.

Despite losing key defender Harry Viggars to injury in the first half and finding themselves 2-0 behind after 27 minutes they showed great spirit to hit back to run out 4-2 winners over opponents who started the day in third position.

Bridlington must have thought that they were on their way to another victory after they took charge in the opening half-hour.

Brett Agnew fired them ahead from the penalty spot on eight minutes before Viggars had to go off with an ankle injury.

It got worse for Wells when Will Waudby popped up at the back post to make it 2-0.

But they dug in and within four minutes began their comeback with Nick Guest netting his 12th goal of the season.

Hemsworth then levelled on the stroke of half-time as top scorer Billy Law made it 2-2.

The game had turned completely round within seven minutes of the restart with Law following up Richard Collier’s free-kick to pounce for his 14th goal of the campaign. Brid were now behind for the first time in nine matches

Bridlington had a great chance to square the game up again when awarded a second penalty on the hour, but after scoring earlier Agnew this time blazed his spot kick high over the crossbar.

Relieved Hemsworth took their opportunity, however, on 69 minutes when Brice Tiani’s shot struck the crossbar, but the ball bounced back to youngster Jed Wilkinson who made no mistake to make it 4-2.

That was how it stayed until the close with the Wells defence seeing out the remainder well for a big three points that keeps them in touch with the leading sides in the Premier.

Hemsworth will be looking for more points this Saturday when they are at home to bottom of the table Barton Town Old Boys at the MDC Stadium, kick-off 3pm.