Trophies galore for Welfare sides as season comes to a close

Kimberley MW AFC celebrate their cup win (photo by Peter Jordan). Below, Kimberley MW Reserves were also victorious in a cup final.

Kimberley MW AFC celebrate their cup win (photo by Peter Jordan). Below, Kimberley MW Reserves were also victorious in a cup final.

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It’s been a remarkable end to the season for Kimberley Miners Welfare Football Club.

With the first team having secured a solid mid-table finish in their first ever season at step six of the non-league pyramid at East Midlands Counties League level, their AFC squad went on to win Division Two of the Notts Senior League as well as the Notts FA Junior Cup.

Their league success was sealed with an emphatic 16-4 win at FC Samba where all bar one of their starting eleven were on target, including goalkeeper Matt Walsh.

That followed victory in the Notts FA Junior Cup final with a 3-0 win over Ashland Rovers, goals coming from Shaw Henderson, John Whitehurst and Danny Walsh.

Then it was the turn of Kimberley Miners Welfare Reserves to get the glory as they beat Linby Colliery Welfare 1-0 at Basford United on Tuesday and secured the Notts Senior League Junior Cup.

Chances in the game where limited and it was Luke Hodgman who scored the eventual winner on 71 minutes, latching onto Jack Tucker’s through ball before rounding keeper Glenn Guyatt in the Linby goal and putting the ball into the empty net.

Kimberley had to withstand some late pressure but Dan Turner marshalled his defence as Kimberley hung on to win the Junior Cup for the first time.