Welfare maintain their good start to season

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Kimberley MW 4 Burton Joyce 2

Kimberley’s first team returned to action and continued their best start to a season in the club’s 87-year history.

Kimberley showed their intentions early when good work from Leon Roberts on the left saw Jake Fisher fire home his cross after just two minutes.

Kimberley kept the pressure on in the early stages and duly doubled their lead as Roberts slotted past the visiting keeper to put Welfare 2-0 up.

This seemed to spring the visitors into action and Kimberley had the crossbar to thank for keeping the score at 2-0, as well as keeper Matt Walsh for two fine saves.

However, before the break the home team’s resilience was broken as a Burton Joyce cross was diverted into his own goal by Liam Baker.

Kimberley started off the second half on the back foot and Burton Joyce got their rewards six minutes in with the equaliser.

But Welfare stepped up a gear in the last half-an-hour and Shaw Hutchinson’s superb finish curled past the visiting keeper to put them 3-2 up.

Josh Stevenson sealed the win, his looping header giving Kimberley a big three points to not only keep up the pressure on league leaders Hucknall Rolls Royce but also open a gap between themselves and the chasing pack.

Ashland Rovers 1

Kimberley MW Res 1

Kimberley MW Reserve made it five games unbeaten in NSL Division Two with a hard earned draw away to second placed Ashland Rovers, despite not having a recognised goalkeeper meaning that captain Matthew Walker deputised in goal.

Kimberley dominated the early possession before taking the lead in the 22nd minute when a superb Corey Cresswell cross was headed home by top scorer Josh Lewis.

On the stroke of half-time the Ashland centre forward very nearly equalised when his 25 yard lob went agonisingly wide of the goal.

The second-half saw Ashland enduring long periods of possession but not creating any clear cut chances, until they levelled on 64 minutes to create a frantic final 25 minutes.

Tony Habgood was awarded the man of the match, whilst birthday boy Sam Beale and Charlie Palmer gave disciplined performances that belied their young age.

Kimberley MW A 6

Nottingham All Stars 8

In a game full of goals it was Kimberley that came out on the losing side, despite taking a 3-0 lead against All Stars.

In a tantalising game that ebbed and flowed, the Kimberley goals came from Tony Purdy, Kieran Miles as well as a brace apiece from Rhys Beadman and the Welfare man of the match, Matt Wilkinson.

Kimberley MW B 7

Crusader Res 1

Kimberley ‘B’ built on the previous week’s impressive victory with a further three points, this time by an even bigger goal margin.

In a tight opening period Kimberley held a narrow 2-1 lead at half-time courtesy of a brace from the impressive John Whitehurst.

A tactical change at the break seemed to breath fresh life in to Kimberley and it wasn’t long before Whitehurst completed his hat-trick.

Max Wright scored his second penalty in as many games and substitute Danny Walsh got in on the act with a magnificent second half hat-trick.

Man-of-the-match was Anthony Withe and the match also saw the return of Wayne Smith following a serious head injury.

Kimberley MW Empal 15

Pure FC 4

The goalscoring theme continued as the Sunday EMPAL Side welcomed Pure FC in the Notts FA Junior Cup.

It took Kimberley 17 minutes to open the scoring and from this point in they never looked back to go into a 7-2 lead at the break.

The rout continued as Kimberley hit 15 goals to win the game 15-4.

Dec Smith did the damage with six and Greg Wedge also added a hat-trick.

A brace from Juan Vickers and goals each from Josh Stephens, Josh Stevenson, Killian O’Neill and Reece Strode completed the rout.

This weekend Kimberley’s first team travel to face Cavaliers.

The Reserves are at home to Underwood Villa Reserves at the Stag Ground, whilst the ‘A’ team will h ost Coopers Arms at Digby Street.