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Top five finish is in reach for Hemsworth MW

Scorer: Hemsworth MW's Lloyd Henderson.
Scorer: Hemsworth MW's Lloyd Henderson.

Hemsworth MW remain on target for their highest ever finish in the Toolstation NCE League after a fifth straight victory.

A 2-0 success at home to Thackley kept them in sixth place with five Premier Division matches still to play, including last night’s game at Athersley Recreation.

A top five finish is still possible with the current fifth-placed team, Maltby Main, just four points above Wells from two games more.

Wayne Benn’s team are certainly finishing the campaign strongly with 20 goals banged in from the five successive victorious matches. In the latest they had to wait until the second half before finding the net, however, with Thackley putting up stiff resistance despite having little to play for in a mid-table position.

Hemsworth attacked right from the start with Brad Dockerty firing the ball across the face of the goal and an effort from a corner being headed off the line.

The wide men were being used to good effect and the Thackley defence had to deal with more crosses into the box.

The visitors went close with a free-kick, but Wells were showing the greater threat as Richard Collier cut inside and fired narrowly wide and Nash Connolly forced a save from Luke Wilson.

Hemsworth finally made the breakthrough 12 minutes into the second half as a corner was converted via the head of Harry Viggars.

They came within a whisker of a second goal soon after as Collier’s terrific strike rebounded off the underside of the crossbar.

Thackley had a chance to level as Mike Garrod went clear, but home keeper Danny Rusling came out to save well. At the other end, Dockerty saw an effort saved.

Substitute Lloyd Henderson went close for Wells before he finally sealed the win in added time.

Hemsworth’s hectic finish to the season sees them next in action away to Maltby Main on Saturday. They then host AFC Mansfield on Monday having drawn the top of the table side in the quarter-finals of the NCE League Cup.

Next Wednesday they are away to Harrogate Railway Athletic.