New boss Hemmings happy with Kimberley’s progress

Tony Hemmings has enjoyed a good start to his tenure at Kimberley Miners Welfare.
Tony Hemmings has enjoyed a good start to his tenure at Kimberley Miners Welfare.

New Kimberley Miners Welfare manager Tony Hemmings says he is keen to keep his players’ feet on the ground despite having enjoyed an impressive start to his tenure at the Stag Ground since arriving last month.

Welfare have won three games and drawn one since Hemmings took over, progressing up to eighth place in the East Midlands Counties League table.

And although Hemmings believes there is lots to improve on if that kind of form is to continue, he says he’s been pleased with the progress made so far.

“We’re not getting ahead of ourselves just yet as there’s work to be done, but we’re doing OK,” he said.

“We’re not dominating games as I’d like us to. We’re defending well as a team, I just think attacking-wise we’re not quite there yet.

“But the players have been really receptive to what we’re trying to do and it’s good that the results have been positive too as it gives us plenty to build on in that sense.”

Hemmings took over from Paul Rawden who initially stepped aside to take a more active role behind the scenes but who has since left the Stag Ground. It is believed differing opinions with regard to the future direction of the club led to Rawden’s departure.

Despite the changes off the pitch, Hemmings says there is plenty of cause to be optimistic now he and his coaching staff have been able to put their stamp on things.

He said: “When we came in the players hadn’t trained much at all so fitness was an issue. In a sense it’s been a bit like putting them through a pre-season in the last few weeks.

“Hopefully by Christmas we’ll be a bit better than we already are.

“We’ve done things to as professional a standard as we can and have had the first team, reserve team and the ‘A’ team all training together so every player at the club knows how we are playing and is ready should they be called upon.

“At the moment we’re not as bothered about the results although obviously it’s been good to have picked up plenty of points.

“It’s all about getting everyone fit and familar with how we want to play as well as continuing to ensure the club is in a healthy position off the pitch.

“The finances are tight but we knew they would be and the staff and I are picking up the pieces and trying to maintain a sustainable ethos that will ensure we’re comfortable for the forseeable future.

“We need as much support from the public in Kimberley and the surrounding area as we can get.

“Sponsorship will be most welcome and any local businesses who would like to get involved can contact me or the club so we can discuss how they can help.

“People have been really positive, praising the way we’re playing and the work ethic of the team and that’s really good, so I’m looking forward to continuing the building process.”

Any businesses or individuals who wish to aid Kimberley Miners Welfare in any way can contact the club through its Twitter account (@KimberleyMWFC) or its website at

The club is also in need of a physiotherapist, with Hemmings commenting: “It might be a good position for any physios who have just graduated and/or need some experience in a sporting context, so we’d welcome any interest in the position.”