First away defeat for Kimberley boss Tony Hemmings

Action from Kimberley MW v Blaby Whetstone. Kimberley manger Tong Hemmings.

Action from Kimberley MW v Blaby Whetstone. Kimberley manger Tong Hemmings.

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Kimberley Miners Welfare fell to their first away defeat under Tony Hemmings, going down 4-1 on a wet day at Radcliffe Olympic.

On a heavy, horrible, boggy pitch is was Olympic who adapted better to the conditions and took the deserved three points.

Hemmings introduced new signing Wayne Smith from Borrowash Victoria and called up Shaun Williams, who had impressed for the reserve team.

Kimberley started off the better team and were on top for the first 30 minutes.

However, before the break Ryan Perkins fired Olympic into a first half lead.

Radcliffe came out strong in the second half and doubled their lead just after the hour mark, a free header at the back post leaving Smith with no chance.

Welfare did have keeper Smith to thank for three fine saves to keep them in the game before Radcliffe all but sealed the three points with a superb lob over Smith.

With just under 15 minutes to go a free kick midway in the Kimberley half was launched into the box by keeper Smith which deceived everyone including the Olympic keeper to pull one back for Kimberley.

Kimberley rallied to try and get back into the game but it wasn’t to be as Radcliffe rounded off the scoring late on to give the home side 3 points.

Kimberley will be looking to bounce back strong when they welcome Holbrook Sports to The Stag Ground on Saturday (3pm).