Inactive Hemsworth MW see lead cut

Wayne Benn
Wayne Benn

Hemsworth MW have seen their lead at the top of Division One of the Toolstation NCE League cut to three points after they were left kicking their heels for the second week running.

While Welfare had their scheduled match away to Dronfield Town postponed because of further wet weather last weekend, nearest challengers AFC Mansfield were able to play their match at Penistone Church and won 3-2.

That moved them to within three points of Hemsworth, but their games in hand have now gone.

Third-placed Hull United also closed to within four points of Hemsworth after they beat struggling Winterton Rangers 2-1, but they have now played three matches more than Wayne Benn’s men and have a vastly inferior goal difference.

The only other teams that look capable of mounting a promotion challengers are Bottesford Town and AFC Emley.

However, the former were surprisingly beaten 2-1 at home by Knaresborough Town despite leading in the first half to stay eight points off the top from one extra game.

Although nine points behind from three games more, free-scoring Emley could still be dark horses as they showed their ability to create chances in their 5-0 win over Glasshoughton Welfare and they possess in their ranks the incredible striker Ashley Flynn who has now scored 53 goals in all competitions this season.

Hemsworth’s fixture at Dronfield, meanwhile, has been rearranged for Tuesday, February 9 with a 7.45pm kick-off.

After not playing since December 19 Wells now face five games in 15 days, weather permitting. This Saturday they travel to Eccleshill United (3pm) before a rearranged home game against Winterton Rangers next Tuesday (7.45pm). The following Saturday they are at home to Grimsby Borough before a midweek trip to Bottesford and a further testing away game at Hull United.