Hemsworth MW fend off late fightback to progress in FA Vase

Richard Collier, on target for Hemsworth MW.
Richard Collier, on target for Hemsworth MW.

Hemsworth MW made it five wins in succession as they came home from over the Pennines with a place in the second qualifying round of the FA Vase secured.

Wayne Benn’s men took control of their first qualifying round tie at St Helens Town in the opening half and held on against a late fightback to win 2-1.

The hosts had the first effort with Matty Smith shooting wide from range. Wells got in a few dangerous crosses and took the lead on 29 minutes as a corner was headed home by Luke Danville.

A second goal followed within seven minutes when Richard Collier scored direct from a corner as his flag kick deceived home keeper Adam Fairchild at his near post.

Hemsworth kept their opponents at arm’s length early in the second half and could have added to their lead when a fine cross was met by Nash Connolly, but he could only send his volley wide.

Town kept going, but their decent approach play lacked the final ball until five minutes from time when Neil Weaver was allowed too much space at the edge of the area. His shot was saved by Jacob Collier, but Joel Douglas netted from the rebound to set up a big finish.

St Helens then threw everything at their visitors and forced several corners with goalkeeper Fairchild going up to make an extra man. They hit the woodwork with an injury-time effort, but Hemsworth held on to clinch a place in the second qualifying round when they will meet Prestwich Heys or Liversedge at home on Saturday, September 23.

Before then Wells face a tough game in the Toolstation NCE Premier Division away to Pickering Town this Saturday (3pm).

Welfare go into the game in second place, just a point behind leaders Pontefract Collieries, but Pickering remain unbeaten in the league so far with five wins and a draw and they are the only side to beat Colls.

Hemsworth maintained their good start in the league last Wednesday with a hard fought 1-0 victory away to Albion Sports.

Jack Steers scored the winning goal with a close range header five minutes from time.