Ellistown & Ibstock 1
Kimberley Miners Welfare 1
Kimberley Miners Welfare kept their unbeaten start intact on Saturday as Elliot King’s late goal earned them a point at Ellistown & Ibstock.
Welfare welcomed back Jacob Webster and Mark Smith as well as giving a debut to striker Eugene Francis, indeed they thought they had scored 11 minutes in when Martin Lench’s free-kick was headed in by a home defender but the goal was bizarrely ruled out for offside.
Ellistown began to get a foothold in the game and a mix-up in the Welfare defence allowed Ben Harris to head home on 19 minutes.
Kimberley had keeper Matt Walsh to thank for a good save to keep them in the game, as Welfare’s first-half display was as frustrating as the inconsistent officiating.
Francis put an effort wide just before the break and Kimberley came out much stronger in the second-half with Anthony Gregory’s effort going just past the post, as did Ian Shepherd’s corner.
Ellistown always looked lively on the break and they won a penalty when Shepherd brought down Harris in the box on 75 minutes.
Walsh has been the hero many times for Welfare in the past and was again as he saved the penalty and the rebound was cleared off the line by Josh Stevenson.
This was the boost Kimberley needed and the equaliser came when substitute King fired home from the edge of the box with his first touch of the ball.
Kimberley had chances to nick all three points late on but some solid defending ensured a deserved share of the spoils.
Kimberley travel to Stapenhill on Saturday before welcoming Borrowash Victoria to the Stag Ground on Wednesday night, kick-off 7.45pm.