Henderson sees red as Hemsworth MW let lead slip

Brice Tiani, on target for Hemsworth MW.
Brice Tiani, on target for Hemsworth MW.

Hemsworth MW let a 3-1 lead slip as they had to settle for a point from their Toolstation NCE Premier Division game away to Athersley Recreation.

Up against opponents one place above them in ninth, they looked set for all three points after producing some fine attacking football, but were reduced to 10 men and pegged back to draw 3-3, staying in tenth spot with five games remaining.

Wells were given a good start when Richard Collier fired them ahead from an angle after just nine minutes.

Lloyd Henderson headed a Nash Connolly cross wide soon after and another Connolly cross created havoc in the home defence, but Athersley held on and broke out to equalise on 23 minutes through Kai Hancock.

Henderson was through one-on-one with the home keeper as Hemsworth got back on top, but the stopper came out on top.

There was no stopping Brice Tiani on 36 minutes as his shot through a crowded goalmouth found the net after he combined well with Henderson and got into the box from midfield.

Wells were down to 10 men three minutes later, however, with Henderson red carded for a late lunge.

Despite having a man down the visitors scored again eight minutes into the second half when Connolly smashed a shot in off the post after latching on a great ball by Cameron Clark.

But Athersley’s fight back began on 64 minutes as Jack Briscoe netted and they came up with an equaliser six minutes from time with Tom Copping finding the back of the net.

Hemsworth are on their travels again this Saturday when they take on eighth-placed AFC Mansfield (3pm) and they are away once more to fourth-placed Thackley next Tuesday (7.45pm).

Hemsworth is now one of six non-league football clubs in the running to win a share of the £100,000 bursary for club improvements, provided by the Buildbase Club Renovation Programme.

The club will now go head-to-head at Wembley Stadium in a Dragons Den-style pitching event with other teams from the Buildbase FA Vase and Buildbase FA Trophy competitions. Ultimately, two winning teams will each walk away with a £50,000 product bursary, which includes building, electrical and hire products.

The clubs have been selected as finalists by Buildbase and The FA, chosen from a total of 47 applications from around the country. The fellow finalists are Cleethorpes Town, Cheadle Town, Hanwell Town, Stafford Rangers and Mossley AFC.

In the initial application process, each of the clubs outlined their development plans if successful in the competition, while thousands of fans and local people went online to back their club’s application.

Kate Tinsley, CEO of Buildbase said: “As part of our sponsorship of The Buildbase FA Trophy and Buildbase FA Vase competitions, we wanted to support football at grassroots level and help local clubs whose facilities may not have seen any investment for decades.

“Together with The FA we’ve reviewed every club who applied to the Buildbase Renovation Programme and are now looking forward to helping two of them get the improvements they need to make a big difference within the community.”