Hemsworth MW 1-1 Garforth Town
Garforth’s unbeaten run stretched to four games, as they drew with Hemsworth Miners Welfare in a game that could have gone either way reports Samuel Bannister...
Report by Samuel Bannister
Garforth started and finished the game well, but Hemsworth had plenty of chances in between.
The bright start from Town came when Mitch Hamilton’s quick free kick was flicked on by Mark Simpson to Lee Turner, creating a half chance.
Some good work down the left from Luke Kitson and Mitch Hamilton won a corner for Garforth not long after, but nothing came from it.
On ten minutes, Hemsworth had a great chance, as Bradley Dockerty shot wide.
Jack Lazenby then had to make an important block as a Hemsworth attacker squared the ball into the box.
However, the hosts went 1-0 soon after. Hemsworth’s Richard Collier beat Aiden Kearsley down the left hand side and finished to give his side the lead.
Garforth looked to get back on level terms straight away, with the ball falling to Luke Mccrum from a corner. The centre back’s shot from the edge of the box was saved by the goalkeeper.
Later in the half, Calum Ward nearly connected to a ball from Lee Turner on the right wing, but the ball went behind for a corner.
Just before the break, Luke Kitson’s free kick was parried and then caught by the opposition keeper Danny Rusling, with no Garforth players pouncing for a rebound.
Garforth went in at the break 1-0 down, with Hemsworth deserving their lead.
The home side had a chance to double their lead after the restart, as Adam Hayton shot wide of the far post from the right hand side. Following this attempt, Hemsworth had a period of momentum.
But it was to be Garforth who got the next goal, as Mark Simpson equalised. Turner nutmegged a defender before racing to the byline and playing the ball across, and after a few Garforth shots which almost had the supporters celebrating, Simpson finally netted to make it 1-1. It represented a fantastic personal landmark, as his 70th goal for the club.
At the other end, a Hemsworth free kick was caught by Pete Lawrie after a deflection.
A long shot from Hemsworth’s Hayton went well wide, and McCrum blocked from the same player after another bit of Hemsworth pressure.
Then, with Lawrie off his line, Hemsworth substitute Bill Law could only head over.
As the game approached the final ten minutes, Kearsley had a shot saved after venturing forward. One minute later, Turner volleyed over with the inside of his foot from outside the box.
Next, Lawrie was called into action, making a great save with his feet.
Hemsworth’s next chance came as Nash Connolly headed a cross from the right wing over the bar.
Then came a chance for Town, as McCrum almost converted the ball with what can best be described as a standing overhead kick. It would have been a remarkable goal from the defender, but it went wide.
Hemsworth’s Dockerty’s shot was saved by Lawrie as the hosts looked for a late winner. The keeper then stopped a powerful effort from the same player in stoppage time to ensure Garforth held on to their point.
A draw was the fair result, as both teams had their chances to win it. Garforth reacted well to a below par first half performance to bounce back and add another point to their tally for the season. Can they extend the unbeaten run when they host Staveley Miners Welfare next Saturday?