Four star Ponte Colls win local derby

Chris Kamara (left) celebrates the opening goal for Pontefract Collieries against Hemsworth MW with Gareth Grant. Picture: ANDY MAY
Chris Kamara (left) celebrates the opening goal for Pontefract Collieries against Hemsworth MW with Gareth Grant. Picture: ANDY MAY

Pontefract Collieries maintained their promotion charge in Division One of the Toolstation NCE League with a convincing 4-0 victory away to near neighbours Hemsworth MW on Saturday.

Colls were delighted to beat the wet weather to get the game on and were ahead from the 12th minute when midfielder Chris Kamara was on target against hosts down in 17th place, but who had won their last two league outings.

Hemsworth battled well for the remainder of the half and kept the score down to 1-0 at the break.

But Ponte’s extra class shone through in the second half once they had doubled their advantage with forward Liam Radford netting on the hour.

Former Football League striker Gareth Grant – yet to taste defeat since signing for Collieries – was next to find the net eight minutes later.

Another striker, Kingsley Wetherald, put the icing on the cake with Colls’ fourth goal a minute from time and they came home with all three points to cut the gap to six points behind second-placed Shaw Lane Aquaforce and Cleethorpes Town in third.

Ponte remain 10 points behind top of the table Bottesford Town, after the leaders beat Hall Road Rangers 4-0, but they do have two games in hand.

One of those games was due to be played last night with Pontefract hosting Knaresborough Town and looking to extend their run of 17 games without defeat against the last team to beat them.

This Saturday Colls are on their travels again when they take on fourth from bottom Hallam (kick-off 3pm).

In a busy week, Nick Handley and Duncan Bray’s side are also in action next Tuesday when away to mid-table Hall Road Rangers in another league game (kick-off 7.45pm).

Pontefract’s Andy Hood, meanwhile, has left the club to join Appleby Frodingham.

Glasshoughton Welfare had their scheduled Premier Division game at home to Staveley MW postponed due to a waterlogged pitch and will look to get back in action this Saturday when at home to Barton Town Old Boys (3pm).

A tough game is in prospect for a Welfare side that has not played for a fortnight and not won since December 14 as the visitors to Leeds Road are currently sitting on top of the table and beat Glasshoughton 3-2 in the clubs’ first meeting of the season back in August.

The home game against Staveley has been rearranged for Tuesday, March 18.