Hemsworth MW stay five points clear

Hemsworth MW's Nash Connolly in action this season for the table toppers.
Hemsworth MW's Nash Connolly in action this season for the table toppers.

With Hemsworth MW one of the teams falling victim to the wet weather at the weekend they saw their lead at the top of the Toolstation NCE Division One cut by a point.

Welfare were confidently expecting to maintain their position at the head of the table in their scheduled home game at home to struggling Winterton Rangers, but following a late morning inspection the pitch at the MDC Sports Stadium was found to be waterlogged after the extensive rain in the week leading up to the game and particularly the amount of rain that fell on Saturday.

Only four Toolstation NCE matches on Saturday survived and one of the teams to play were Welfare’s title rivals Hull United, but they could only draw 2-2 with Teversal.

That left Hemsworth five clear with a game in hand on the Hull side and seven ahead of AFC Mansfield, who have played two matches fewer than the leaders and also had their game postponed last Saturday.

Hull and Mansfield were due to meet on Tuesday night, but had their game postponed while Hemsworth had no midweek match and are scheduled to return to action this Saturday when away to a Yorkshire Amateur side that can be dangerous and score plenty of goals.

Welfare are looking to extend their unbeaten league run to 14 games. They have only suffered one defeat in 11 matches in all competitions while the Ammers are unbeaten in their last three and stand in ninth place. Kick-off on Saturday is 3pm.

Hemsworth round off their year with an away game against neighbours Glasshoughton Welfare on Boxing Day (kick-off 12.30pm).

The Winterton Rangers home game that was called off last Saturday will now be played on Tuesday, January 12 (7.45pm).

Another Hemsworth game has been rearranged with their visit to Eccleshill United now on Saturday, January 9 instead of February 6 with a 3pm kick-off.

In the only other two NCE Division One games played last Saturday, eighth-placed Shirebrook Town beat Rossington Main 6-3 while Grimsby Borough drew 2-2 at home to a Westella VIP team that had pushed Hemsworth the week before.

Hemsworth MW’s senior Sunday side were not in action, but remain in second place in the Wakefield Sunday League’s Premiership One, six points behind leaders King George with a game in hand.

Hemsworth MW Reserves also did not play and they stay in fourth in the Championship Two, five points behind leaders Hemsworth Highfield Reserves from a game less.

Weather permitting, Highfield Reserves return to action this Sunday in a top of the table clash away to Wakefield Athletic B.

Highfield’s first team, currently bottom of Premiership Two, are due to host leaders Horse & Jockey this Sunday.