Kimberley MW fall to worst defeat in more than three years

Kimberley MW v Ashby Ivanhoe   'Neil Walton.
Kimberley MW v Ashby Ivanhoe 'Neil Walton.

Kimberley Miners Welfare fell to a disappointing 6-0 defeat at home on Saturday to Ashby Ivanhoe.

The opening 20 minutes gave no real indication of what was to come as Kimberley took advantage of the notable slope to put the Ivanhoe rear guard under pressure.

Ashby keeper Jamie Brassington pulled off a couple of sharp saves to deny the hosts with both Steve Chaplin and Henry Sibenge combining well in attack. Sibenge wasted the best chance of the early skirmishes when he was played through one on one with Brassington, but tamely shot wide of the far post.

Chaplin flashed a volley just over the bar, but Ivanhoe were starting to gain possession and settled into their rhythm.

On the half hour a Chris Waldrum corner found Kerr Horn and the Ashby marksman planted a header into the top corner to put the visitors ahead.

Minutes later Horn was rewarded for his tenacity closing down the Kimberley keeper, who spilt the ball to give Horn a simple tap in.

Ashby were now in total control and, on the stroke of half-time, Waldrum’s low drive found the bottom corner to send the visitors into a 3-0 lead at the break.

With the advantage of the slope in the second half, Ivanhoe went for the jugular as their hosts physically wilted in the heat.

A quick combination of passes between Chris Saunders, Luke Thorogood and Waldrum saw Danny Quinn through one on one with the Kimberley keeper and he nonchalantly finished extending the lead to 4-0.

Further attacks saw Thorogood score a brace as Kimberley fell to their worst defeat in over three years.

Kimberley are in action twice this weekend as they travel to Aylestone Park on Saturday before the big local derby on Monday with Radford at The Stag Ground (3pm).