Welfare are held at home by Boots

Kimberley Miners Welfare defender Danny Chaplin (centre) gets involved against Boots on Saturday.

Kimberley Miners Welfare defender Danny Chaplin (centre) gets involved against Boots on Saturday.

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Notts Senior League

Senior Division

Kimberley MW 0

Boots Athletic 0

A good crowd gathered at the Stag Ground on Saturday and despite the scoreline, they were treated to an enthralling game of football.

The first-half was a scrappy affair with few chances, and whilst both teams were evenly matched, Matt Walsh in the Kimberley goal did not have a shot to save.

Welfare’s first attempt on goal came in the seventh minute when Jake Fisher got free but fired wide of the post.

Twenty minutes later Fisher tried his luck again, this time shooting over the bar.

The second-half started under floodlights with Walsh making his first save of the game.

It was all Kimberley going forward now and Fisher once again missed the target from a Kimberley corner.

On the 70 minute mark Boots gave Walsh a scare with a break forward however the shot was well saved.

The game was there to be won and Kimberley had numerous chances to do so.

Josh Stevenson really should have done better when breaking through one on one and Liam Baker was made to rue a missed chance after heading over from a corner.

The last five minutes were probably the best of the game however Kimberley just couldn’t find the goal that would have taken them top of the league, Stevenson again closest with a powerful header onto the crossbar.

This Saturday sees Kimberley entertain Attenborough in the NSL Senior Cup, kick-off 3pm.

INA City 4 Kimberley MW B 2

Kimberley dropped important points on the road and lost their long unbeaten record that stretched back to November 2012.

The game was a scrappy affair and the only real positives for the Welfare was the performance of John Michalski down the right wing.

It was his speed and skill that won a penalty on the 30 minute mark and John Whitehurst stepped up confidently and gave Kimberley the lead, but the hosts quickly equalised to make it 1-1 at half-time.

Three quick goals then stunned Kimberley early in the second-half and only Danny Walsh’s goal offered any hope as the home side held on.

Saturday 23rd sees Kimberley welcome Vernon Villa to Digby Street, kick-off 1pm.

Kimberley MW 4 FC Olympico 1

Kimberley’s Sunday team scored four but it should have been more against Olympico.

Josh Stevenson headed Welfare head quickly followed by efforts from Josh Stephens and leaving scorer Declan Smith.

In a one-sided half Olympico got an a equaliser a stunning effort from Wheat left Rocco with no chance.

Sub Jake Wood then wrapped up the win in the second-half with a 30-yard strike.