Struggling Keyworth give Welfare a scare

Notts Senior League

Senior Division

Keyworth 2

Kimberley MW 4

Kimberley travelled to bottom-of-the -table Keyworth where most could be forgiven for expecting an easy victory.

Kimberley started brightly and were passing the ball well and there were barely seven minutes on the clock when a move involving Red Willmott and Josh Stevenson created the first goal.

The Keyworth keeper made a great save from the initial shot before the ball was returned to Willmott to head home.

Another 20 minutes of Kimberley pressure finally resulted in another goal when a deflected Martin Lench effort managed to evade the keeper from 25 yards.

The game looked out of sight as the game moved towards half-time when Kimberley hit a third after a fine passing move, Stevenson providing the final touch to ensure a commanding lead at the break.

Half-time seemed to change the game and any pre-conceptions about an easy match were put to bed on the hour mark.

Keyworth were piling on the pressure and pulled a goal back with an easy tap in.

The home side looked like really making a game of it and shortly afterwards they further reduced the deficit after Kimberley failed to clear a free-kick.

The game was looking even and it was to the delight of the Kimberley dugout when Jake Fisher broke the offside trap and lobbed home over the advancing keeper to secure the points.

Kimberley host Boots Athletic on Saturday on the Stag Ground, 3pm kick-off.

Kimberley MW EMPAL 4

Rose & Crown 2

Kimberley’s Sunday side progressed into the quarter-finals of the Notts FA Junior Cup, coming back from 2-0 down at the break.

Kimberley were not at the races in the first-half and were 1-0 down after 25 minutes as Liam Smith gave away a penalty which sent Rocco the wrong way.

It was soon 2-0 as Welfare lost the ball cheaply in midfield and Kimberley failed to clear their lines.

Kimberley’s only noticeable chance fell to Smithson whose effort went just over.

Whatever was said at half-time certainly worked as Kimberley pulled one back within two minutes, Smithson heading home.

It was pretty much one way traffic in the second-half, however it took untill 75 minutes for Welfare to score again, this time thanks to Greg Wedge from the penalty spot.

Kimberley were soon in front when a superb ball from Killian O’Neill saw Dec Smith fire home, and in a superb turnaround sub Juan Vickers fired Welfare into the last eight.