Joy then despair for Kimberley MW

Elliott King (right) netted the winner on Saturday after being set up by Jermaine Gordon (left)
Elliott King (right) netted the winner on Saturday after being set up by Jermaine Gordon (left)

Kimberley Miners Welfare made it two wins out of two in the league on Saturday but then exited the Notts Senior Cup at the quarter-final stage on Tuesday night.

Saturday’s 1-0 win at Radcliffe was a scrappy encounter on a poor pitch, Elliott King’s late winner enough to seal the points.

Jermaine Gordon saw an early chance go astray before Radcliffe got on top and forced a good one-on-one save from Andrew Dell in the Welfare goal.

A more open second-half saw Jacob Webster in defence and Dell both perform well to keep Radcliffe at bay, and the goal eventually came on 68 minutes as good work from Gordon, who beat keeper Dunn to the ball, saw it fall to King who slotted home the winner from 20 yards.

Late pressure was soaked up and Dell produced another wonder save to deny the hosts a point late on, Welfare recording back-to-back wins for the first time since September.

Tuesday night’s game with Midland Football League side Dunkirk saw Welfare harshly knocked out despite dominating for long periods and creating better chances.

Ultimately they were punished by two mistakes as Dunkirk progressed to the final four.

King forced a good save from keeper Jake Want and Cash Walters also went close, with Dunkirk’s Nick Hawkins offering their only effort of note in the first-half which was easily gathered by keeper Harry Daykin.

The second-half saw Anthony Gregory denied by some great defending before Dunkirk were reduced to ten men as Kenton-Bradshaw was dismissed for a second yellow card.

King saw a goal disallowed for offside before Dunkirk took the lead against the run of play, Wilcox slotting in after Daykin had parried.

Kimberley chased the game but were caught out in stoppage time as Carty fired home the decisive second.

This Saturday sees Kimberley welcome Ashby Ivanhoe to the Stag Ground for a 3pm kick-off before then travelling to Borrowash Victoria on Wednesday with a 7.45pm start.