Hemsworth MW enjoyed a break from league action as they went through to the second round of the Sheffield & Hallam Senior Cup with a victory at home to Parkgate on Tuesday night
Wayne Benn’s men were up against fellow Toolstation NCE Premier Division opponents and looking to bounce back from a league defeat after they went down 2-0 to Retford United last Saturday.
They did just that as they edged a close contest 1-0 thanks to a goal from Bill Law in the 63rd minute and a strong defensive display.
Hemsworth were disappointed to lose their third league game of the season last Saturday and all three losses have now come on home soil.
Up against lowly Retford, the Wells struggled to put their passes together and the visitors were quicker into the tackles and looked the hungrier.
Even though they enjoyed plenty of possession, few chances came their way while Retford took theirs to go away with a surprise 2-0 success. Around the quarter hour mark an unmarked Daniel Murray headed the visitors in front and James Done scored a free-kick two minutes into first half stoppage time.
Manager Benn made a double change at the break, Dan Henighan replacing Del Pollock, who added to the club’s injury list, and Ash Smith coming on for Jack Atkinson. This gave the home side a different approach and they pressed to get back into the game.
Few clear opportunities were made, however, and it was Retford who came closest to scoring again when Chris Pauley rattled the crossbar.
Harry Viggars did have a great chance to pull one back for Hemsworth, but somehow managed to head over the bar from just about underneath it deep into stoppage time.
Hemsworth have been given a boost with Jack Steers back at the club after briefly playing for Ossett Town in the Evo-Stik League.
The centre-back is a hugely popular figure at the MDC Community Centre and he was a major part of their successes in the past couple of seasons.
He was given a big send-off when he moved to Australia in February for a few months and was due to re-sign for the Wells on his return in July.
However, Ossett jumped in and persuaded him to test himself at Evo-Stik level football this season.
His comeback at Hemsworth is good timing as manager Benn has a mounting injury crisis with several of his key players on the sidelines.
Defeat to Retford saw Wells drop down to 11th in the Premier Division, although they do have games in hand on almost all of the clubs above them and after their impressive start to the campaign are well clear of any relegation danger at this stage.
This Saturday they will be looking to get back to winning ways in the league and aiming to continue their unbeaten away record, but face a tough task as they are away to Handsworth Parramore who are three points above them and are in seventh place.