Kimberley MW earned a 2-2 draw at big-spending Bardon Hill on Saturday to remain in the EMCL top six.
In a scrappy first-half which saw Welfare never really get going they had keeper Matt Walsh to thank early on. However, as the half progressed Welfare looked the more likely to take the lead, Roberto Labbate forcing the home team keeper to make a fine save.
Controversy arrived on 37 minutes when Liam Honeyman was brought down in the penalty area as he was about to shoot. The referee decided it wasn’t a goal-scoring opportunity and no card was produced, Anthony Gregory then seeing the penalty saved.
Welfare took the lead early in the second-half when debutant Jermaine Gordon was left with a tap in on 55 minutes after some neat build up play.
Walsh produced an excellent double save to keep Welfare in front but then more controversy came when Jacob Webster was adjudged to have handled the ball inside the penalty area, despite him appearing to be on the edge of the D. Once again, however, the penalty was saved as Walsh kept out Rich Hanslow’s effort.
Last season’s leading EMCL scorer Steve Hart eventually levelled the scores on 85 minutes with a powerful drive but Welfare quickly regained the lead as a mix-up led to Honeyman netting from close range in the 89th minute.
However the scoring and controversy wasn’t over as Bardon gained an equaliser deep into stoppage time.
Baredon won a corner but an incident in the penalty area resulted in Welfare’s Josh Stevenson being given a second yellow card to mean his side played out the remainder with ten men, and from the corner Andy Fell headed the hosts level and sealed a share of the points.
Welfare host Aylestone Park this Saturday at The Stag Ground (3pm) before the visit of Hucknall Town on Wednesday in the Notts Senior Cup (7.45pm)