Kimberley held to stalemate at home

Elliot King saw a good chance go wide in the first-half and then a late opportunity saved in the second.
Elliot King saw a good chance go wide in the first-half and then a late opportunity saved in the second.

Kimberley Miners Welfare recorded their eighth draw of the season at home to Holwell Sports on Saturday.

Welfare boss Paul Rawden was forced into more changes due to players’ unavailability, and what followed was a scrappy, hard fougt game, on a heavy pitch at The Stag Ground which club officials worked hard to get playable with other local games falling foul of the weather.

In a nervy opening 20 chances were few and far between.

Kimberley had the first chance to break the deadlock just after 20 minutes when a superb ball from Cashel Walters saw Elliot King with the goal at his mercy but he will have been disappointed with his headed effort from close range which went wide.

Both sides had half chances before the break but neither goalkeeper was really troubled.

The second-half began in much the same vein with the midfield the main battleground.

As the half progressed, Kimberley began to get on top and restricted Holwell to half chances, mainly on the break.

The best chance saw the visiting keeper make a good double save, first from Anthony Gregory and then the rebound from King.

Lee Stevenson’s good run then saw his effort saved and King fired over.

With time running out the hosts were reduced to ten men when the referee showed a second yellow card to a George Zuener.

The visitors had two chances towards the end of the game, Harry Daykin making a good save for the first and the second effort in injury time clipping the bar and going over.

All in all th draw was probably a fair result between two evenly-matched sides.

Attention now turns to Saturday’s much-anticipated local derby with Arnold Town, kick-off 3pm at The Stag Ground.