Back to back wins see Hemsworth MW home in on second spot

Nash Connolly, on target for Hemsworth MW against Bridlington Town and Bottesford Town.
Nash Connolly, on target for Hemsworth MW against Bridlington Town and Bottesford Town.

Hemsworth MW are up to second place in the Toolstation NCE Premier Division after back to back victories over Bridlington Town and Bottesford Town.

Six points from the home games mean that Wayne Benn’s men are just a point behind Pontefract Collieries.

They came through a big test on Tuesday night against a Bridlington side with big ambitions for the campaign.

Wells were made to work hard and the game remained goalless up to half-time before Nash Connolly found the net two minutes after the break.

Billy Law followed up with a second just four minutes later and Hemsworth fought off a Brid comeback after Brett Agnew scored on 76 minutes to complete a deserved 2-1 win.

Hemsworth turned in a solid performance to earn a 2-0 home win over Bottesford Town last Saturday.

They were given a great start with Connolly left with a simple tap-in after 17 minutes to finish off a great move and low cross by Nathan Perks.

And just four minutes later Luke Danville came up from the back to head home after a set piece had not been cleared and the ball was hooked back into the box by Perks.

No more goals followed, but Hemsworth could have had more and controlled the game well enough to be fully deserving of the three points.

Manager Benn said: “We should have made the game more comfortable for ourselves if we take our chances. When we don’t take our chances it means we have a nervy last 10 minutes when they throw balls into the box.

“Performance-wise we need to be better, but you have to be happy when you’ve won 2-0 so in that respect I’m really pleased.

“But we should have been winning that game four, five or six. Credit to Bottesford, they kept going and kept us under pressure for the last 10 or 15 minutes.”

The victory was achieved despite the absence of several players.

Benn added: “Danny Rusling’s broken his hand, but not so bad and hopefully he will be back in two or three weeks.

“We always knew Brad Dockerty was going to be away and Billy Law was on a weekend away so we were a few bodies short.”

The busy start to the season sees Hemsworth in action this Saturday away to Staveley MW who have also begun well (kick-off 3pm). They are then on their travels once more next Wednesday when up against Albion Sports (7.45pm).

In the first qualifying round of the FA Vase Wells will travel over the Pennines to play St Helens Town on Saturday, September 9.

Hemsworth MWFC are looking for players for their newly created over 35s team. To express your interest in joining the progressive community football club, contact Allan Howcroft on 07971 886223.