The search for a double continues at Hemsworth Miners Welfare for the Tigers.
Worksop Town travel to Hemsworth Miners Welfare on Tuesday evening for the 7:45pm NCEL League Cup Semi-final. The Tigers have already won the league with an unbelievable 90 points, and are also in search for their 21st straight victory.
Our opponents have finished the season off in style, winning their last three league games. The first of these saw Hemsworth beat Hall Road Rangers 2-0 at home courtesy of a Nash Connelly brace. The following match was their last away game of the campaign, in which they defeated Yorkshire Amateur 1-0, an Adam Knight strike with only four minutes to play proving enough to take all three points. Hemsworth’s final league game saw the Wells win 1-0 from a 83rd minute Jason Yeates penalty.
Hemsworth’s journey through the NCEL League Cup has been fairly comfortable. The first round saw the Wells travel to Barton Town, the visitors winning the tie 4-2. Sam Jones started the ball rolling in the 2nd minute, and Bradley Dockerty extended the lead in the 26th minute before a Luke Aldrich strike in the 62nd minute got Barton back into the tie. Goals from Sean Ripley and Sidney Santos gave Hemsworth a cushion before a consolation goal for Barton from Daniel Chambers.
The fourth round saw another comfortable scoreline for Hemsworth, as they beat Ollerton Town 5-2 at home. Goals came from a Knight brace, Yeates, Richard Collier and Ripley. The quarter-final tie at home to Handsworth Parramore finished with Hemsworth winning 2-1, Connelly and Knight goals settling the tie, although Ellis Moore set up a nervy finish after scoring in the 88th minute for Handsworth.
The head-to-head statistics are on an even keel, with each team winning three times in the six games between the two clubs. Worksop gaffer Craig Denton will be eager to inflict revenge on Hemsworth after the Wells beat the Tigers 3-2 earlier in the season at Sandy Lane. Striker Nash Connelly opened the scoring for Hemsworth in the 5th minute, then Sam Jones scored from the penalty spot 14 minutes in to double the visitors’ lead. Worksop winger Matthew Sykes replied in the 21st minute to get the Tigers back into the game. Sean Ripley struck the sucker punch making it 3-1 to Hemsworth in the 74th minute, while Kyle Jordan scored a consolation goal for the Tigers as the Wells took all three points back with them.
Denton will be looking for a similar performance to the Tigers’ last game at Wakefield Road, when Worksop knocked Hemsworth out of the Sheffield Senior Cup. First-half goals from Danny Patterson and Tomas Poole were enough to sway the tie towards the Tigers, aided by a very disciplined second-half performance.
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Connelly scored in the fixture at Sandy Lane and has also scored 23 goals in total this campaign, making him the top goal scorer at the club. The highlight of the season so far for Connelly has to be the hat-trick he scored in an 8-0 victory at Athersley Recreation. We will need to make life difficult for the striker because he has an eye for a goal and containing him will be a massive part of getting a result tomorrow night.
The second-top goalscorer for the club is Bradley Dockerty on 19 goals. The talisman scored a hat-trick in a 5-1 victory over Goole, but the highlight of Dockerty’s season so far is the four goals he scored in another 5-1 away victory against Garforth Town. Dockerty and Connelly will be a handful and our defence will need to bring their A-game.
What a season it has been for the Tigers. Worksop won the league and were crowned champions on Saturday after a 2-1 victory in the final home game against Eccleshill United. The double would be the cherry on top of what has been a terrific campaign, so let’s get up to Wakefield Road for the semi-final and win there for the third time this season.
By Luke Atherton