Late leveller denies Welfare a victory

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An injury-time equaliser denied Kimberley Miners Welfare three points at home to Ashby Ivanhoe on Saturday in a 1-1 draw.

On an extremely heavy pitch it was probably the fair result as Kimberley slipped to tenth in the league.

In an even first-half Cashel Walters was causing problems down the Welfare left hand side and his fine work was causing the visiting defence problems.

Both Anthony Gregory and Roberto Labbate received harsh-looking cautions for Welfare before the break.

The game came more to life in the second-half with Elliot King’s effort being well saved. The visitors were awarded a penalty on the hour mark after Jacob Webster brought down the Ashby centre forward in the box, but the resulting penalty was blazed over the crossbar.

This seemed to spring Welfare into life as three minutes later they took the lead. Good work from Grinley on the right hand side saw his cross fired home by King.

The visitors piled on the pressure but it looked as if Kimberley had withstood the pressure untill they failed to clear their lines in the 90th minute allowing Callum McBride time to fire home a deserved equaliser for Ashby.

It wasn’t over there as King broke through on goal only to be given offside by the referee despite his assistant not flagging and King being two yards onside. The referee had controversially given offside against Jermaine Gordon who wasn’t interfering with play.

Welfare then saw their game on Wednesday at Borrowash Victoria post postponed due to the weather.

On Saturday, Welfare will hope Borrowash’s home at the Asterdale Sports Centre in Derby has recovered as they are due to head there again to play Vics’ very near neighbours Graham St Prims, who are struggling near the foot of the table, with a 3pm start.