Thumped Teversal held their hands up and freely accepted they had been beaten by the best side they had faced all season in the Toolstation Northern Counties East League’s First Division.
Teversal were hit for six by a rampant Hemsworth Miners Welfare outfit, who are now seven points clear at the top of the table after winning 16 of their 21 league games and losing just one.
The 6-0 scoreline indicates that the Tevie Boys didn’t show up. But in fact, the match was all about how good Hemsworth were, and they were more than happy to give full credit to the tabletoppers.
“Any side who finish above Hemsworth will deserve to win the league,” said a Tevie spokesman. “The quality they have at doing the basics very well at a high tempo will take some beating.”
The Wakefield side started as they meant to go on, forcing a number of corners with a strong wind at their backs and taking the lead in the seventh minute. From one of those flagkicks, Shane Kelsey’s cross was totally misjudged by visiting ‘keeper Dale Sheppard, and the ball nestled in the back of the net.
Teversal tried to rally, but another blunder gifted the hosts a second goal as Sean Dickinson’s backpass went straight to Danny Critchlow, who calmly took the ball round the advancing Sheppard to slot into an empty net.
The home side were also guilty of squandering chances, with Critchlow rounding Sheppard again, only to shoot into the side-netting, and Bill Law outmuscling Jason Gregory before lifting an exquisite effort over the ‘keeper but marginally wide.
At the other end, Teversal felt aggrieved when it looked as if home defender Jack Steers had checked the darting run into the box of midfielder James McCann. But the referee failed to even give a free-kick, never mind a possible penalty, and salt was rubbed into the visitors’ wounds by Hemsworth’s third goal. This time, Kelsey delivered an inch-perfect cross from the left for Law to head home.
To their credit, Teversal responded with their best spell of the game in the opening 15 minutes of the second period. A glancing header by Ashley Kitchen flashed wide and numerous efforts were blocked in a goalmouth scramble.
However, Hemsworth regained control when making it 4-0 in the 64th minute as Kelsey smashed home his second, and they added two more before the end, on 69 and 74 minutes, with Critchlow completing his hat-trick. First, the striker passed the ball by Sheppard, after more good work by the influential Kelsey, and then another precise cross, by Nash Connolly, invited Critchlow to net again.
TEVERSAL LINE-UP -- Sheppard/ Armstrong, Vincent (Cox 64), Watson, Grregory, Sargent, Atkins (Coupe 71), Kitchen, Dickinson, Guest (Radford 18), McCann. SUBS NOT USED: Staniforth, Tittley.