Guest is returning hero for Hemsworth’s table toppers

Nick Guest.
Nick Guest.

Hemsworth MW went six points clear at the top of Division One of the Toolstation NCE League when they came from two down to beat a much improved Grimsby Borough team in a thrilling finish last Saturday.

Wayne Benn’s men were stunned when they found themselves trailing early on and conceded again to be 2-0 down at half-time, but showed their resilience and confidence to pull off a terrific comeback to win 3-2 with their winner coming deep into stoppage time.

In the process they forged further clear at the top with second-placed AFC Mansfield losing 1-0 at mid-table Teversal.

Wells were due to play again last night at Bottesford Town when they were hoping to stretch their unbeaten run in the league to 18 matches. They also went into the game boasting a run of six straight wins.

The game against Grimsby brought them their 20th league victory of the season, but it was in doubt right up to the final whistle after Hemsworth made a poor start.

The game was only seven minutes old when Jamie Coulson netted for the visitors, who have improved in recent months after struggling in the early part of the season when they took heavy beatings at the hands of AFC Emley (13-0) and Bottesford (10-0).

When Coulson scored again 20 minutes later a real shock was on the cards and Grimsby held firm in defence for the rest of the half to go in two goals to the good at the break, riding their luck particularly as Cameron Clark hit the crossbar.

But Hemsworth showed their champion credentials as they turned it all around in the second period.

Top scorer Bill Law began the comeback when he netted his 20th goal of the season with a well struck low shot 11 minutes into the half.

It was still hard work, however, as the visitors somehow clung on to their lead until the 88th minute when Nick Guest marked his return to the club with an equaliser of high quality. After coming on as a half-time substitute the dual registered striker let fly from 30 yards out and the ball nestled in the top corner of the net for a fantastic goal with keeper Scott Drury rooted to the floor.

Guest, who was a prolific scorer with 38 goals for Wells last season before joining Farsley Celtic then Goole AFC, went one better when he came up with a winning header in the sixth minute of injury-time to seal a valuable three points for Hemsworth.

This Saturday they face a trip to Hull United that will test their title credentials again with their hosts in third place.