Colls lose out in derby clash

Pontefract Collieries' Josh Corbett battles to get past Hemsworth's Brett Renshaw. Picture: ALLAN MCKENZIE
Pontefract Collieries' Josh Corbett battles to get past Hemsworth's Brett Renshaw. Picture: ALLAN MCKENZIE

Pontefract Collieries struggled to find their form as they went down to a 1-0 defeat at home to neighbours Hemsworth MW in Division One.

Neither side displayed football of any real quality and a single scrambled goal in the dying minutes pinched the game for the visitors.

Both sides came into the fixture after away wins and so the fans could have expected a decent game. It was not to be and the only notable, if unfortunate, incidents in the first half were injuries to Hemsworth’s Gareth Lloyd and Ponte’s Tom Agus.

There was more action in the second half and Colls were unlucky when sub Andy Catton’s shot rattled the crossbar following good interplay by Josh Corbett and Liam Radford.

Hemsworth made a further change on 67 minutes taking Ryan Pleasants off and replacing him with Harry Viggars. The change invigorated them and Craig Parry had to be at his best to tip a rasping shot over.

Radford was replaced by Mark Simpson on 73 minutes as Colls managers Duncan Bray and Nick Handley tried to find a way to liven things up and produce a winning goal. The change almost paid dividends as Simpson fired a shot just wide.

Ponte threatened again on 79 minutes as Brenton Leister headed just over and it looked as if the goal must come for the hosts.

On 80 minutes both sides made their final changes with Hemsworth’s Robert Crapper coming on for Adam Wilson and Ponte’s Kingsley Wetherald coming on for Nathan Perks who had run his socks off for the cause again.

Simpson went close again on 84 minutes with a shot that seemed destined for the bottom corner of the net before being saved brilliantly by Hemsworth keeper Andy Brooke, assisted by the upright.

That was as far as it went for Colls as Hemsworth pushed them back into their own half and following a goalmouth scramble from a corner Andrew Davis managed to force the ball home to give his team what turned out to be the winning goal.

Colls are at home again this Saturday when they entertain St Helens Town in the FA Vase qualifying round (3pm).