Sibenge’s double earns KMW a draw

Henry Sibenge netted twice for Kimberley in their 2-2 draw with Arnold Town.
Henry Sibenge netted twice for Kimberley in their 2-2 draw with Arnold Town.

Kimberley Miners Welfare will look yet again at missed chances as two more points were dropped at The Stag Ground on Saturday in a 2-2 draw with Arnold Town.

The draw was Welfare’s ninth of the season, more than anyone else in the division.

It was a dominant first-half performance by Welfare who yet again should have been out of sight at the break.

Cashel Walters on the Kimberley left was the main creative threat and he set up Henry Sibenge but his effort was superbly tipped over by Ross Cherry.

Sibenge, Liam Honeyman and Josh Stevenson were queuing up for the chances but their efforts were either saved or blocked by the home team defence, until the opening and deserved goal game after 41 minutes when more good work from Walters set up Sibenge to coolly slot home.

Sibenge missed a good early chance in the second-half as he found the side netting from close range, keeper Harry Daykin then denying Courtney Hastings at the other end.

Arnold were then reduced to ten men on the hour mark when Tian Walton was dismissed for violent conduct, Sibenge soon seeing a free-kick well saved by Cherry.

But Arnold equalised in style when Hastings stepped up and curled a 25-yard free-kick around the wall to make it 1-1.

Arnold then took the lead with a great strike as Hastings laid a perfect ball back for Richard Royes who let fly with a breathtaking half volley which rocketed into the top right hand corner.

Sibenge was, however, to have the last word with five minutes remaining. Cherry advanced towards the striker who calmly lifted the ball into the air to catch Cherry in no man’s land and able only to fall backwards and palm the ball into his own net to complete the scoring.

This Saturday Kimberley travel to Holwell Sports whilst reserves welcome Hucknall RL in the League Cup quarter-final at the Stag Ground.