Hemsworth MW put their two-game losing run behind them as they returned to winning ways with a hard earned 1-0 success at Lincoln Moorlands in Division One of the Toolstation NCE League on Saturday.
Welfare were desperate for all three points to get their promotion bid back on track after their recent setbacks and were up against lowly opponents, but it was Lincoln who started the brightest with two chances in the first five minutes.
With a slight wind at their backs Hemsworth began to take control, but were finding it hard to break a defensive minded home side down.
A succession of corners came to nothing while Nick Guest got clear into the box to test the keeper, Adam Wilson and Robbie Crapper had shots from distance which left the keeper untroubled and Cameron Clark whipped a free-kick in which the keeper tipped over at full stretch.
Another Clark free-kick found Jason Yates 12 yards out only for his header to go straight down the keeper’s throat and Sam Colbear’s tame effort was easily gathered by the Moorlands stopper.
Andy Hayward then swapped passes with Yates down the right but his chipped shot just cleared the crossbar.
Yates had another chance on the stroke of half-time when he spun in the area only to shoot inches wide.
Lincoln, with the wind in their favour had more possession in the second half without creating any chances of note to trouble Jack Bentley and this left gaps for the away team to exploit.
Harry Viggars fed Guest, but a bobble just as he shot ensured the ball went wide. The home keeper was at full stretch moments later, though, when Wilson teed up Crapper and his goal bound shot was well saved.
A Wilson corner caused a scramble and D’Arcy Pugh’s header was blocked on its path to goal by his own team-mate Viggars.
Will Kemp and Nash Connolly entered the fray on the hour, replacing Pugh and Viggars, and it was not long before Kemp was tormenting the Railway full-back.
With 67 minutes on the clock Hemsworth finally broke the Lincoln rearguard when Guest flicked on for Connolly to race clear and fire the ball past the keeper.
Welfare continued to pressurise with further chances falling to Steers who shot over from inside the box and Wilson who blazed a shot wide.
Kemp again got round his marker, but Connolly was inches away from tapping his cross come shot in at the far post.
Hemsworth saw the game out, however, to take a vital three points back to Yorkshire and stay well in the hunt for promotion.
Welfare were in action again on Tuesday night when they were away to Hall Road Rangers and came back with another three points to stay on the promotion trail.
Jason Yates (two), Will Kemp and Nash Connolly were on target in a 4-1 victory that kept Hemsworth in fifth place and they are seven points behind leaders AFC Emley with two games in hand.
Hemsworth are back at home this Saturday when they entertain promotion rivals AFC Mansfield (kick-off 3pm).
They go into the game three points ahead of their opponents from two games fewer, but know they are in for a tough test after drawing 1-1 with Mansfield back in October when they were pegged back after Yates scored.