Mixed fortunes as KMW begin season

Elliot King scored the second Kimberley goal against Holwell Sports on Saturday.
Elliot King scored the second Kimberley goal against Holwell Sports on Saturday.

Kimberley Miners Welfare began with a win and a draw as their new-look squad started the new season in the EMCL.

Saturday saw Welfare start with an emphatic 3-0 victory over Holwell Sports at The Stag Ground.

Holwell took control of the early proceedings but were unable to find a way past the impressive Jack Wheat in the Welfare goal.

In the 21st minute, however, with virtually Kimberley’s first attack they broke the deadlock as skipper Mark Smith gave Miners the lead, heading in at the back stick following a cross from the right hand side.

Five minutes later and Kimberley were in control as Elliot King’s superb strike doubled their advantage, King spotting Stainsby off his line before lobbing him from all of 35/40 yards up the Stag slope.

The game was affectively over on 51 minutes. Some neat build up play forced a mistake in the Holwell defence and allowed summer signing Mitchell Slawson to slot the ball home.

Holwell did build up the pressure but Wheat made three fine saves to keep a clean sheet and hand Welfare three points.

On Wednesday evening Kimberley went down 2-1 at South Normanton Athletic.

Kayne Jellyman gave Normanton the lead just before the half hour mark as a good cross from the left hand side saw him loose his marker and fire past Davies in the Welfare goal, who was deputising for Wheat who was working.

The lead lasted just 14 minutes as just before the break Henry Sibenge slotted in from close range.

In the second half it was Normanton who had more of the ball however Kimberley were left to rue missed chances with Steve Smith denying Mark Smith and Steve Chaplin and Sibenge heading wide.

The Shiners, however, still looked dangerous and capitalised on a poor clearance with just two minutes of normal time remaining, Kyle Johnson tapping in from close range after a smart save from Davies in the Welfare goal.