Kimberley Miners Welfare’s mixed start to the new season continued as a weekend win was once again followed by a midweek defeat.
Saturday saw the Miners win 2-1 away at Stapenhill.
They took the lead after only three minutes as Mark Smith’s deep cross dropped over the head of a defender and fell for Steve Chaplin to smash the ball past Ben Gough.
Matt Hassett saw a shot blocked by Gough but Stapenhill levelled on 17 minutes when Tom Ellerton outpaced defender Neil Walton before drilling a low shot past Jack Wheat.
On 37 minutes, the visitors grabbed what was to turn out to be the winning goal. Smith drove a corner into the near post and Hannigan connected with a bullet header which gave Gough no chance.
The Miners went all out for a third goal with Smith sending a long-range effort inches over and Elliott King seeing a weak finish saved comfortably.
Mitchell Slawson then hit the woodwork and Stapenhill came close to an equaliser in a frantic finish, but Welfare held on for three points.
On Wednesday, Welfare fell to an action-packed 3-2 defeat at Holbrook Sports.
Henry Sibenge scrambled Welfare ahead midway through the first half but Holbrook drew level after some slack defending saw a deep cross tapped in.
Welfare soon retook the lead from the spot after Rob Gill’s goalbound effort was handled on the line by a defender who was sent off. Sibenge stepped up and found the top corner.
Slawson was denied a third by the woodwork and Holbrook drew level in first-half stoppage time thanks to an unfortunate own goal by Sol Miller.
Holbrook took the lead early in the second-half when a searching cross from the left was flicked over keeper Davies, and despite Kimberley dominating from then on and creating numerous chances, they were wasteful, especially when given a second penalty which Sibenge blazed over the bar to deny him a hat-trick and signal it wasn’t to be Welfare’s night.