Mixed fortunes in hectic week for Ponte Colls

Kingsley Wetherald.
Kingsley Wetherald.

In a busy seven days Pontefract Collieries met with contrasting fortunes in Division One of the Toolstation League.

On Tuesday night they were in action at lowly Hallam and were disappointed to come away with only a point from a 1-1 draw.

They looked set to bring home all three after leading through a Julian Lawrence own goal on 37 minutes. But Lawrence made amends for his club and dashed Ponte’s hopes with a 90th minute equaliser.

On Saturday Colls managed to beat a strong Clipstone side despite another reshuffle of the side and atrocious early second half weather conditions.

A double from striker Kingsley Wetherald proved enough to beat a side who came to the White Rose Stadium ahead of Ponte in fourth place in the league.

Colls were given a flying start when top scorer Wetherald scored his first goal after only two minutes. Spotting the visitors’ keeper off his line, he placed an exquisite lob from just inside the Clipstone half over the stopper’s head into the net.

It stayed 1-0 to half-time before Ian Hillier levelled for Clipstone two minutes into the second half.

With the game drifting towards a draw it was Colls who claimed all three points when Wetherald struck again 10 minutes from time for his 15th goal of the season.

In the end it was not a pretty win, but the makeshift Ponte side could be proud of their work rate and determination to succeed.

Last Wednesday Ponte finally got to play the twice postponed game at home to Knaresborough Town, but suffered a 1-0 defeat with Blaine Hobson hitting the only goal of the game after 82 minutes.

Colls’ players have a well earned rest with no game this weekend. Their next match is not until Saturday, April 5 when they host bottom of the table Appleby Frodingham.