Critchlow’s hat-trick keeps Hemsworth MW top

Danny Critchlow (number 10) is congratulated on scoring for Hemsworth MW. Picture: Dean Atkins
Danny Critchlow (number 10) is congratulated on scoring for Hemsworth MW. Picture: Dean Atkins

Toolstation NCE Division One leaders Hemsworth MW maintained their impressive run with another goal-laden performance against Lincoln Moorlands Railway on Saturday.

It was never as easy as their previous game against Worsbrough Bridge Athletic as bottom of the table Lincoln defied their lowly status at times, but Wayne Benn’s men ran out 6-3 winners to stay a point clear at the top of the table.

Jason Yates set them on the way when he put away an eighth minute penalty.

Adam Crossley quickly hit back for the visitors, but Danny Critchlow and Shane Kelsey were on the mark to put Welfare in control.

Although Josh Schofield scored a second for Lincoln, Kelsey’s second made it 4-2 at half-time.

The Railwaymen continued to battle after the break and Alex Mackinder netted to keep them in the game at 4-3, but Critchlow was on target again on 65 minutes to give Hemsworth their two-goal cushion again.

Critchlow then completed a hat-trick for the second successive game and took his goal tally to nine in four matches in the 90th minute to complete the 6-3 victory.

Hemsworth know they will have to defend better this week and will face a tougher test this Saturday as they host fourth-placed Penistone Church at the MDC Stadium, kick-off 3pm, but with six straight victories in all competitions and 25 goals scored in those matches they are not lacking in confidence.

Hemsworth MW’s Sunday second team returned to Wakefield League action after last week’s sensational 4-0 cup quarter-win at neighbours Hemsworth Highfield and clinically dismantled Championship Two leaders Wrenthorpe Rangers to win 7-1.

They were fast out of the blocks and set the theme for the remainder with the more experienced cool heads building a platform for the youngsters to shine, Kurt Hollingworth and Danny Waddingham grabbing the opportunity with both hands with outstanding performances.

Goal machine Andy Wilson grabbed four along with the MOM award, Lee Mulroe struck twice and Waddingham was also on the score sheet.

Hemsworth played some superb football with Nath Hurst at the heart of all good things Welfare created.

Hemsworth’s senior Sunday side enjoyed a 6-3 victory away to Netherton WMC in the Landlords Trophy.