Hemsworth MW lost ground at the top of Division One of the Toolstation NCE League when they were held to a goalless draw at Penistone Church on Saturday.
The result left Welfare nine points behind top two sides Pontefract Collieries and AFC Emley, who both enjoyed victories at the weekend, although they do have two games in hand,
Hemsworth’s normally free-scoring side were frustrated by a Penistone team that defended stoutly throughout and showed why they had been able to beat another of the title challengers, Clipstone, 1-0 recently.
Welfare defended solidly as well as they kept a clean sheet, but the weather proved difficult for both sides to overcome.
This Saturday Hemsworth can put themselves right back into the promotion picture with a victory as they travel to play second-placed AFC Emley (kick-off 3pm).
They will be looking for revenge after losing 2-0 at home to Emley in September, but can travel in confidence as they are still unbeaten away from home in the league.
Welfare will be looking for top scorer Nick Guest to get back on the mark as he has 32 goals to his name this season, but has not hit the target since February 21 against Clipstone.
Hemsworth are also in action on Tuesday night when they are away again, travelling to play 15th-placed Hallam (kick-off 7.45pm).
With three points essential from this game, they will have to improve on their performance at home to Hallam in January when held to a 3-3 draw.
Hemsworth MW’s Sunday team were selected to represent the Wakefield Sunday League in a prestigious encounter with Pontefract Sports and Social, from the Castleford Sunday League, and did them proud by winning 4-2 in a tough encounter.
Nath Hurst opened the scoring in the 25th minute only for Sports to equalise just before the break in an even contest.
The second period saw Hemsworth take a firmer grip of the game, but it was Sports who took the lead, before debutant Zac Leeson powered home a superb header to level the game.
Lee Carrington and Craig Conway put Hemsworth out of sight with Butch Roberts taking MOM accolades.
Hemsworth were missing five regulars, but used the game to blood five under 17s who hopefully will be forming a reserve Sunday team for next season. It proved to be a fantastic match up with Sports pushing Hemsworth all the way.