Opposition analysis: Hemsworth MW

Wakefield Express sports reporter Tony Harber provides us an insight into Saturday’s NCEL Premier opposition Hemsworth Miners Welfare.

“Hemsworth are having a much improved season after flirting with relegation last term. They only stayed up after pulling off a great escape, winning their last four matches in the NCEL Premier,” explained Harber.

“This season’s highlights include an early season win in their first-ever league game with local rivals Frickley Athletic – although they lost 3-0 to them over Christmas – and a 2-2 draw with high-flying Emley.

“Hemsworth recently pulled off a big shock when they came from 2-0 down to win 3-2 against Worksop Town in the Sheffield & Hallamshire Senior Cup, beating the top of the table, Northern Premier League Division One East opponents who had previously been unbeaten for 11 matches.

“The Wells recently went on a run of eight league games unbeaten and have only lost two of their last 13 matches in all competitions”.

Playing squad

“Recent signings include midfielder Jock Curran, son of former Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United star Terry, from Wakefield AFC, and striker Jakub Hebda, who rejoined the club from Guiseley,” began Harber.

“But they have the bulk of the squad that kept them up with that great late run last season.

“Before the lockdowns, they were regularly pushing for promotion, but following the departure of manager Wayne Benn to Ossett United, a number of players left and they struggled on the resumption. But a number of those, including goal scoring wide man Nash Connolly, striker Seon Ripley and defender Cameron Clark, have returned.

“Charlie Barks is a highly rated centre-half who is proving an able captain and has formed a strong central defensive partnership with Harry Viggars.

“Young forward Ben Gelder, aged 17, has come into the team this season and is making a big impact with 8 goals. Jason Davis is a key player, a playmaker who chips in with some big goals.

“Davis and Connolly have both hit hat-tricks this season”.

The Just Football MDC Stadium hosts the 3pm on Saturday afternoon.

Ticket prices for Hemsworth: Adults – £6, Concessions – £4, U16s – Free alongside a paying adult