KMW are too good for hosts Radford

Steve Kirkham headed the winner as Kimberley took three points at Radford.
Steve Kirkham headed the winner as Kimberley took three points at Radford.

Kimberley MW completed a double over third-placed Radford with a 3-2 win at Selhurst Street which ended their hosts’ title hopes.

Manager Paul Rawden made several changes from the defeat at Anstey including the introduction of deadline day signing of ex Luton Town youngster Solomon Miller.

Kimberley started off strongly with ex-Radford player Cashel Walters causing problems down the left hand side, and it was his superb cross after three minutes following some fine build-up play from Jermaine Gordon that saw Nathan Kelly fire Welfare ahead.

Kimberley were dominant in the first-half with keeper Andrew Dell a spectator for most of the half it, Miller and Mark Smith keeping things ticking over in midfield and Walters dangerous on the left.

Kimberley came out strong again in the second-half as Radford had keeper Dunning to thank for keeping the score at 1-0 with two stunning saves.

The pressure finally took its toll and Welfare doubled their lead. After a goalmouth scramble Orlando Grinley fired the ball home, a well-earned goal for his hardworking performance.

However, Welfare allowed Radford back into the game as Dell spilled a shot and David Udoh pounced to net the rebound, before Udoh then superbly chipped the ball over Dell to level the scores soon afterwards.

But Welfare, who at this point in the past might have crumbled, took the game to the hosts and were awarded with 22 minutes remaining as a corner fired into the box was headed home by Steve Kirkham giving Welfare the lead.

Radford pushed for the equaliser but where unable to find their way past a stubborn Welfare back four.

Kimberley have no game on Saturday before welcoming Holbrook Sports to The Stag Ground on Wednesday for a 7.45pm kick-off.