Welfare edge past leaders to move into second

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Kimberley MW 4

Hucknall Rolls Royce 3

A mouth-watering top of the table clash didn’t disappoint an impressive crowd and seven goals were witnessed, including a winner for Kimberley with five minutes to go.

Jake Fisher should have had a hat-trick in the first-half as he was free on the keeper twice who saved both shots with his feet.

Hucknall took the lead 19 minutes in before Kimberley’s Danny Chaplin won a penalty which the keeper saved.

Fisher levelled after 39 minutes on the rebound after his first shot was saved, but Hucknall regained the lead on the hour mark.

Two minutes later Josh Stevenson equalised with a header into the top corner of the net, but Hucknall were soon back in front.

With ten minutes to go, Fisher was brought down in the penalty area and this time Shaw Hutchinson took responsibility and fired home from the spot.

Kimberley were now fired up and chasing a win and with five minutes to go Fisher’s shot was saved by the Hucknall keeper but the ball fell to Martin Lench who hit an unstoppable drive into the net and put Kimberley up to second in the table, just behind Rolls.

This Saturday Welfare are at home to FC Samba in the cup with a 2.30pm kick-off.

FC Geordie 1

Kimberley MW B 2

Kimberley’s B team travelled to Calverton to face FC Geordie and recorded a 2-1 win.

Keeper Sam Doherty was lucky not to be carded after an incident ten minutes in but the home side took the lead on 15 minutes when failure to deal with a set piece left the FC Geordie strike with a simple tap in.

Kimberley struggled to deal with the setback and it wasn’t until the 40th minute that they really started playing.

Danny Walsh and Ryan Whitehurst both had chances to level, however the opposition keeper was in fine form.

The half-time break, however, galvanised Welfare and a spell of pressure finally paid off when Whitehurst levelled with a magnificent free-kick into the top corner.

Impressive substitute appearances by Chris Coleman and 17-year-old Sam Beale swayed the game Kimberley’s way and the inevitable winner came ten minutes from time when Whitehurst finished after great work by brother Morgan.

Kimberley saw the final stages out impressively and now sit in fourth with maximum points from their three games this season.

Saturday sees them at home to Trent Bridge at Digby Street.

Kimberley MW EMPAL 7

Bridge Tavern 0

Kimberley’s Sunday side made light work of their cup tie with Bridge Tavern.

Greg Wedge, Stephens, Smithson and Stevenson put Welfare 4-0 up before Stevenson headed his second and two strikes from Vickers saw Kimberley through.