Pontefract Collieries bounce back

Craig Robinson.
Craig Robinson.

After back to back defeats last week against Rossington Main and leaders Bottesford Town there was a welcome return to winning ways for Pontefract Collieries at home to Yorkshire Amateur in Division One of the Toolstation NCE League.

Kingsley Wetherald, who has become something of a “super sub” in recent weeks, sent them on the way to a 3-1 win with his fifth goal in seven games and he also made the vital third as Colls rediscovered the winning touch.

Although they had lost 4-1 in midweek to the table toppers, Ponte made just one change to the team with Craig Robinson replacing Brent Leister, but things started badly with the first goal going to the visitors and an early bath for key forward Liam Radford who was struggling to overcome an injury picked up in midweek.

Both sides struggled to create chances early on with Nigel Danby for Ponte and Wood for the Ammers being rock solid at the back.

But the visitors broke the deadlock on 19 minutes as they somehow got the ball across from the bye-line and the on-rushing Curtis Bernard fired past Craig Parry into the net.

With Radford limping off injured manager Bray had no hesitation in bringing on Wetherald as a direct replacement and the reshaped Ponte attack looked to get things back on even terms.

The equaliser came on 29 minutes as Gareth Grant found a way through the Ammers defence for his third goal in four games.

Strong forward play from Kyle Hawthorne, Andy Catton and Wetherald helped Colls to take control and they went in front on 38 minutes as Wetherald netted from Josh Corbett’s corner.

With the wind at their backs in the second half the Ammers looked to get back into the game and took the game to the hosts. But the Ponte defence stood firm and keeper Parry proved equal to anything that managed to find its way through.

With time almost up Ponte finally made sure of the points as Wetherald became provider when his exquisite assist set up sub Tom Agus to force the ball home to make it 3-1.

Colls, who remain in fourth place, now travel to Eccleshill this Saturday to face a side only two points behind them. They are also in action next Wednesday in a vital home game against second-placed Cleethorpes (7.45pm) before hosting third-placed Shaw Lane the following Saturday.