Home record hit with double defeat

Anthony Gregory missed  a penalty as Kimberley lost to Barrow on Wednesday, their second home defeat of the week.

Anthony Gregory missed a penalty as Kimberley lost to Barrow on Wednesday, their second home defeat of the week.

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Kimberley Miners Welfare’s impressive home record took a hit this week with two successive losses.

Having lost just once at home all season prior to the visit of Bardon Hill on Saturday, Welfare fell to a 4-0 defeat against the league leaders.

Bardon were in control from the off and took the lead when Steve Chaplin headed home at the far post.

The visitors made it 2-0 a couple of minutes before half-time when a long ball played right which looked offside saw Welfare wait for the flag which never appeared. The ball was pulled back and fell to Steve Armson who fired the ball home from the edge of the area.

The second-half was much the same as the first with Bardon doing most of the pressing as Kimberley failed to let the ball stick in the final third.

Bardon made it 3-0 on 68 minutes when Steve Hart superbly turned inside the area and smashed the ball into the top of the net from 15 yards out.

Mitch Woodbine then made it 4-0 with a couple of minutes remaining to give Bardon three valuable and well-deserved points.

On Wednesday night, Welfare then fell to a 2-0 loss at home to Barrow - the first time Kimberley have lost successive home games since April 2012.

Barrow missed a good early chance but after Welfare had controlled without troubling the keeper, Barrow took the lead five minutes before the break as Law’s 25-yard curler left Andrew Dell with no chance.

The second-half saw Kimberley press and it took two fine last-ditch tackles to stop Anthony Gregory and Liam Honeyman from scoring.

Barrow then doubled their lead as a long ball split the home defence and Allen cooly slotted past Dell.

Kimberley pushed for a goal but their best chance was missed in injury-time as Gregory saw a penalty saved by the goalkeeper.