Leigh’s heroics help Hemsworth MW to stun title challengers

Sam Jones, on target for Hemsworth MW.
Sam Jones, on target for Hemsworth MW.

Hemsworth MW climbed back up the Premier Division table with a 2-1 victory at home to Pickering Town in the Toolstation NCE League on Tuesday night.

Wayne Benn’s men knew they faced a tough task as they were up against opponents who began the game in second place and could have gone top with a victory, but they responded to the challenge.

Sam Jones fired Wells ahead after only six minutes following a neat passing move.

Billy Law and Brice Tiani then both went close before Town were awarded a penalty for handball. Sam Leigh, however, came to the rescue with a save low down from Eddie Birch’s spot kick.

Pickering went down to 10 men just before half-time with Joe Danby sent-off for an alleged stamp on Nash Connolly.

With their extra man, Wells scored again through Connolly seven minutes into the second half.

Sam Denton pulled a goal back for Town, but Leigh made a couple of good saves and Hemsworth held on for a great victory.

Wells had to settle for a point from their game last Saturday when they drew 0-0 at Liversedge.

Richard Collier did put the ball in the net, but his effort was ruled out for offside.

Brice Tiani had a shot blocked on the line while Billy Law, Sam Jones and Nash Connolly all went close, but they could not find the net.

Hemsworth are back at home this Saturday against Harrogate Railway Athletic (3pm) and they are also in action away to bottom of the table Retford United next Tuesday (7.45pm).