Hemsworth MW slipped down the Toolstation NCE Division One table when they dropped two points with a goalless draw against Bottesford Town for the second time this season on Saturday.
As in the earlier fixture back in September Welfare came up against an inspired performance by the Bottesford keeper, who was equal to everything they had to offer.
It was the home team who started the better and Bottesford were put under intense pressure by the work rate of this young Hemsworth side.
Cameron Clark went on an overlap down the left and forced a corner which Nash Connolly took with recent signing Sam Colbear just failing to get his header on target.
The Bottesford keeper was soon called into action when a defender tried running the ball out of his box and was robbed by Nick Guest, but from two yards out Guest found his effort superbly saved.
At the other end Jack Bentley was relatively untroubled, but he was thankful to Robbie Crapper who made a last ditch clearance at the back post.
Clark again crept forward and a defence splitting ball found Dom Blair whose shot was well saved. Guest was then again thwarted by the Town keeper.
Some good passing play released Guest, but the league’s top scorer screwed his shot wide of the far post.
Lee Swift then went on a driving run towards the edge of the box only for his shot to whistle past the post.
Bottesford had a good spell 10 minutes before half time, creating a couple half chances and also hitting the bar with a shot from distance.
The second half was a more even affair with both teams trying to gain control in the centre of the pitch, Jason Yates working hard to win the ball and set Welfare on the attack.
Clark and Crapper combined down the left and Clark’s cross was met by Blair, whose side foot volley went agonisingly wide.
Connolly then tested the keeper who saved well from the angled drive.
In response Bottesford looked dangerous on the break and after a suspicion of offside and a push in the back on Colbear they were bearing down on Bentley’s goal, but a superb covering challenge by MOM Jack Steers ensured the clean sheet was still intact.
There was still time for Swift to make a surging run to the edge of the area, but once again he got his finish all wrong which left the scores level at the final whistle.
The result saw Welfare slip down to fourth in the Division One table, but they are only three points behind joint leaders AFC Emley and Pontefract Collieries and have a game in hand on both.
Hemsworth were due to be away to Worsbrough Bridge Athletic in a league game on Tuesday night, but the match was postponed.
Conditions permitting, this Saturday Hemsworth face a real six-pointer away to promotion rivals Clipstone (kick-off 3pm).
After last weekend’s games Clipstone stood one place and two points behind Welfare with three games in hand and are one of only two teams to have beaten Wayne Benn’s men in the league this season, 3-1 back in September. They also beat them 4-2 in an NCE League Cup tie.
Hemsworth are also in action away to Hallam next Tuesday night (7.45pm).