Kimberley ease relegation fears with first home win since October

Kimberleys Ian Shepherd brings down Aaron Evans.
Kimberleys Ian Shepherd brings down Aaron Evans.

Kimberley Miners Welfare eased their relegation fears with a 2-0 win over Arnold Town and in the process secured their first home success since October.

The win was also the first for the new management duo of Martin Lench and Andy Miller.

Matchday 16 included 13 players who had come through either the system at Kimberley MW or Priory Celtic, giving a local feel at The Stag Ground which had been missing in recent months.

Kimberley started off the better side and Beighton was first to test the visitors keeper.

Kimberley did have the ball in the net after 18 minutes when a fine ball delivered by Bailey was headed in by Ian Shepherd, only for the goal to be disallowed for offside in a very marginal call.

Kimberley netted again seven minutes later, this time through Chris Beighton, it was disallowed in very controversial circumstances.

Smith, Shepherd and Britton all had chances to give Kimberley the lead but the home side where left frustrated at the beak with the game goalless.

Kimberley once again came out strong in the second half and were frustrated. Wingers Bailey and Williams caused Arnold no end of problems.

Ian Shepherd headed over from Bailey’s cross, Dec Smith’s one on one effort was well saved and Beighton’s effort was cleared off the line.

It looked like it was going to be one of those afternoons, especially when Arnold went up the other end and struck the post of Dan Turner.

But the just rewards came on 66 minutes when Shepherd was brought down in the box and referee pointed to the spot.

It was the long serving Ian Shepherd that stepped up and fired Welfare ahead. Kimberley kept the pressure on and where rarely troubled by Arnold.

It was job done in the 83rd-minute as substitute and Kimberley youth team graduate Josh Lewis doubled Kimberley’s advantage.

Kimberley host Anstey Nomads (3pm KO) on Saturday before the trip to title chasing Radford on Monday (3pm KO).