Kimberley beat ‘Wood to claim Trophy

Action from the game between Kimberley (in blue) and Eastwood.
Action from the game between Kimberley (in blue) and Eastwood.

Kimberley Miners Welfare edged an entertaining friendly with Eastwood CFC to pick up the newly-revived Horrace Hibbert Memorial Shield thanks to goals from Steve Chaplin, Mark Smith and Elliot King.

This was the first battle for the trophy since the demise of Eastwood Town and there was a friendly atmosphere between the two sides, but the prospect of Wood’s first piece of silverware made for a cracking display and brought wholehearted performances from both teams.

Eastwood began well and Jack Havron’s early free-kick went just wide before Dave Worger and Kye Hall saw headers go close, Worger’s being well saved and Hall’s effort missing the target.

Kimberley were the first to make the most of their opportunities after a frantic opening 30 minutes that saw both teams sharing chances,

Chaplin netted the opener after running through one-on-one with Eastwood keeper Andy Fretwell, but Hall equalised in the 43rd minute after a mix-up at the back.

It didn’t take long for Kimberley to restore their lead as Smith found the back of the net almost straight after the re-start.

Despite Fretwell pulling off several good saves, the hosts then pulled two ahead through King early in the second half when he was allowed time and space to fire home.

The visitors didn’t learn and were once again under heavy pressure and Kimberley rattled the crossbar twice.

As was the case throughout the game, the chances came thick and fast and although Carl Allsop managed to pull one back for Eastwood, Kimberley held out for the win - Fretwell making a fine late stop to deny them a fourth - and were handed the Horrace Hibbert Memorial Shield.