Hemsworth MW produced a superb performance when they knocked out former finalists West Auckland Town to go through to the second round of the FA Vase on Saturday.
Wayne Benn’s men had to come from behind and had to keep playing right to the final whistle, but emerged 3-2 winners in one of the biggest games in the club’s history against a side famous for winning the first “World Cup” and who were Vase finalists as recent as 2012 and 2014.
They were given an early indication of what their visitors from the north east could do as Ian Maddison put Auckland ahead after nine minutes.
But Hemsworth quickly hit back and were level within two minutes as Bill Law struck.
It stayed 1-1 until Danny Critchlow put Welfare ahead 15 minutes from time.
Critchlow then struck again to make it 3-1 on 80 minutes and they saw the game out despite the Jack Proctor scoring the visitors’ second goal.
Hemsworth will now meet Sunderland RCA at home in the second round with the tie due to take place on Saturday, November 21.
Welfare were back in action in Division One of the Toolstation NCE League on Tuesday night at home to Worsbrough Bridge Athletic and went back top with an emphatic 8-1 win.
In a fantastic first half they banged in seven goals to show there was no hangover from the Vase tie. Critchlow hit a hat-trick and also on target were Law (two), Shane Kelsey (two) and Jason Yates.
This Saturday Hemsworth are at home again and will be confident of picking up another three points when they host bottom of the table Lincoln Moorlands Railway (3pm).