Welfare lose out in seven-goal thriller

Cashel Walters was one of the Kimberley players on target in the defeat at Anstey Nomads.
Cashel Walters was one of the Kimberley players on target in the defeat at Anstey Nomads.

Kimberley Miners Welfare have again suffered back-to-back defeats after they fell 4-3 at Anstey Nomads on Saturday in a seven-goal thriller.

Paul Rawden’s men were once again depleted with Jacob Webster, Reece Strode and both Stevensons, Lee and Jake, missing from their line-up.

But one new player did boost the side, former NCEL Premier division top scorer Nathan Forbes signing ahead of the game and having an immediate impact as he headed home just six minutes into his Welfare debut.

It took just three minutes for the hosts to get themselves level through Joe Harlopp and they then took the lead on 15 with Darren Taylor slotting past Andrew Dell in the Kimberley goal.

But Kimberley were to then get level as Liam Honeyman levelled th scores on 25 minutes, only for Harlopp to net his second with seven minutes left until half-time to cap off a remarkable first 45 minutes.

Kimberley came out strongly in the second-half and were rewarded in the 55th minute when a good move ended with Cashel Walters firing them level.

Neither side was content with a point, however, and Forbes, Elliott King and Walters all went close to netting a fourth Kimberley goal midway through the half.

As the game filtered out and seemingly headed for a draw, Anstey had different ideas and nicked the winner in the 89th minute as Taylor netted his second goal to seal all three points.

Kimberley now face two of the title-chasing sides over the Easter weekend.

On Saturday, Ellistown & Ibstock arrive at the Stag Ground for a 3pm kick-off before on Easter Monday Welfare head to Radford, that match also kicking off at 3pm.