Kimberley put four past Stapenhill

Liam Honeyman prepares to roll the ball into the net after an error by the Stapenhill goalkeeper.
Liam Honeyman prepares to roll the ball into the net after an error by the Stapenhill goalkeeper.
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Kimberley made it five unbeaten at the Stag Ground with a comfortable 4-0 win over Stapenhill on Saturday.

For a match on a heavy surface, manager Paul Rawden welcomed back keeper Andrew Dell from injury and gave first team call ups to Reece Strode and Sean Chapman, both have impressed for the reserve team this season.

Kimberley had the returning Dell to thank for a smart save early on and Stapenhill also hit the woodwork before Welfare had really made their mark on the game.

Once Kimberley became adapted to the match and the conditions they began to take control of the game, Elliot King forcing the goalkeeper into action.

In fact, it was the visiting keeper that gifted Welfare the lead.

What looked like a simple gathering of the ball saw it slip out of his hands and allowed Liam Honeyman to walk the ball into the net to give Kimberley the lead on the half-hour mark.

Otherwise, chances were few and far between during the first-half.

Kimberley came out much stronger in the second-half and took control of the game.

Honeyman doubled Welfare’s advantage on the hour mark and it was soon to be 3-0 when after a goalmouth scramble King fired home.

King could ohave soon made it four but his close range effort went just wide.

Dell in the Welfare net was a spectator for much of the second-half and Stapenhill were even reduced to ten men with six minutes remaining after a poor two-footed tackle on Roberto Labbate.

Cashel Walters, once again ever dangerous for Welfare, rounded off the scoring in stoppage time to give Welfare a welcome three points.

On Saturday Welfare welcome league leaders and favourites Bardon Hill to the Stag Ground (3pm) and on Wednesday evening it’s the visit of Barrow Town for a 7.45pm kick-off.