Kimberley Miners Welfare progressed into the last 16 of the Notts Senior Cup for the first time in the clubs history after beating six-time winners Hucknall Town 2-0 at The Stag Ground on Wednesday night.
The win extends the unbeaten home run to one defeat in 28 games and was achieved despite the hosts being massively depleted for the game with eight players missing and manager Paul Rawden showing his faith in the successful reserve team by calling three players up.
Kimberley came out strongly in the opening exchanges and were rewarded early on when the deadlock was broken on four minutes.
Hucknall failed to clear their lines and Jermaine Gordon’s crossed was headed home by Liam Honeyman for his third goal in as many games.
On a heavy pitch both sides struggled to cope with the conditions but it was Hucknall who had the next opportunities as they struck the crossbar and also forced a good save from Harry Daykin.
Welfare had a penalty shout turned down before the break as Gordon appeared to be brought down in the box however the spot-kick wasn’t given.
But Welfare killed the game on 58 minutes as good build up play saw the ball fall to Jermaine Ward who volleyed home from 25 yards out.
The majority of the second period was played in Hucknall’s half and the lively Gordon was proving a handful up front and causing all sorts of problems, nearly on the end of a cross from the left hand side late on but unable to get his head to it.
The game fizzled out towards the end but Welfare had done enough to secure a place in the last 16.
On Saturday, Kimberley travel to Arnold Town for a 3pm kick off before hosting Barrow Town in the EMCL League Cup on Wednesday night at the Stag Ground, kick-off 7.45pm.