Kimberley Miners Welfare’s disappointing run continued after yet again letting the lead slip, this time going down 3-1 at Holwell Sports on Saturday.
Positives for Welfare boss Paul Rawden were the returns from injury of Josh Stevenson and the influential Mark Smith after six weeks and five weeks out respectively.
The two sides faced each other for the second time in a fortnight after a goalless draw in the reverse fixture at The Stag Ground.
Just like the first game this was a closely-fought battle on a damp pitch.
Kimberley once against started off the better team, Smith’s teasing effort going just over the bar.
Kimberley broke the deadlock in the 22nd minute when Liam Honeyman headed in at the back post after good work by Cashel Walters on the left wing.
The goal galvanised Kimberley further and they began to control the game and procession, however they failed to convert this into chances.
Holwell equalised somewhat against the run of play from a corner, a free header from Chris Hibbert after keeper Harry Daykin missed the cross and saw the ball go into the centre of the net.
Holwell started the second half on top of the game, on the front foot and looking to go on and take the lead.
They hit the woodwork before Scott Mooney made the pressure count on 56 minutes as a missed header in defence allowed him time to slot home.
Five minutes later Howell extended their lead as Mooney was once again able to fire home in space.
Kimberley got more into the game but their play in the final third wasn’t up to standard, Elliot King firing wide and Jacob Webster having a shot cleared off the line.
This Saturday, Welfare welcome Stapenhill to The Stag Ground for a 3pm kick off, Welfare having lost just once at home this season.