HEMSWORTH MW will go into the new Northern Counties East League (NCEL) campaign in freescoring form when they host Louth Town on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).
Welfare will be full of confidence as they look to kick-off their season with three points thanks to some superb performances in pre-season.
Hemsworth wrapped up their pre-season friendly schedule with a 6-1 trouncing of Evo-Stik Premier League side Sheffield FC at Fitzwilliam Stadium on Monday night.
Sheffield sent a youthful team to Fitzwilliam but Hemsworth could still take plenty of positives from their performance.
Not least Ryan Pleasants, who scored all six of Welfare’s goals.
Pleasants has been a neat find by Wayne Benn, the MW manager, and should certainly have no confidence issues in front of goal.
The former Wakefield FC man has found the back of the net in his last three friendly matches going into the new campaign.
He scored the opener in MW’s 1-1 stalemate with Wakefield FC in their penultimate friendly fixture.
Welfare looked on course for an impressive scalp but Luke Danville rescued a draw for the visitors with six minutes to go.
Spirits should certainly be high in the Hemsworth camp ahead of Saturday’s visit of Louth, one of six home matches on the spin.
Welfare don’t play their first away match until Tuesday, August 30 when they travel to either Dinnington Town or Brodsworth in the second round of the Wilkinson Sword Trophy.
The fixture calendar has given Hemsworth every chance of a positive start to the new season and they’ll hope to get that up and running with victory against Louth on Saturday.
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