Kimberley Hit Seven In County Cup

Kimberley Miners Welfare 7-1 Dunkirk (Notts FA Senior Cup Round One) 19.10.21

Uhlsport United Counties League Division One pair, Kimberley Miners Welfare, and Dunkirk, met at The Stag Ground in the First Round of the Notts Senior Cup on Tuesday night, the latter making the dozen or so mile, round trip north-west to face a side, second in the league table, and recently coming off a lengthy, unbeaten run.

The hosts, who tasted defeat in their previous outing away to Harrowby United (3-1), had previously enjoyed a lengthy, 14-match unbeaten run, and they saw this cup tie as an opportunity to quickly get back to winning ways, which eventually they did, and emphatically.

Mind, at the interval, that eventual result was far from being a likely scenario, but for one man, the recently returned Welfare striker, Luis Rose, who most certainly had a lot to shout about.

An even opening would see Lewis Partridge create a number of early chances for the hosts, whilst Jacob Taylor and Christian Hatley did similar for the visitors, the opening goal finally arriving after fifteen minutes.

Perhaps of their own making, the hosts broke quickly following a poor pass at one, and a cross into the box isn’t dealt with at the other, giving Rose the chance to open the scoring, slotting the ball beneath Dylan Miles in the visitors goal.

Richard Whyman and Jacob Taylor both had good chances to level for the visitors, the former seeing his effort, from range, drop onto the roof of Danny Rigley’s net, and the latter watched as his effort hit the side netting.

Ewan Head then saw an effort saved well by Rigley, before the equaliser finally materialised just after the half hour mark, Hatley again in on the action, taking past Adam Morley and crossing well for Scott Litchfield to launch a header past Rigley to even proceedings.

Although both sides continued to have chances aplenty, the first period finished level at ones apiece, the second, well nobody expected a blossoming Rose.

It took over ten minutes of the second period for the floodgates to open, and, from being 1-1, fifteen minutes elapsing would see the score suddenly at 4-1, and counting.

First a quick counter-attack wasn’t dealt with by the visiting defence and Rose was on hand to sweep the hosts back in front and, in similar fashion shortly after, they nearly made it three, Rose’s effort though saved by Miles.

Two did become three with a little over twenty remaining as Rose completed his hat-trick, reacting quickest to the ball, poking the ball past Miles; Taylor had a chance to pull one back for the visitors five minutes later, but his effort flies over Rigley’s crossbar before the hosts put the game out of sight.

This time home substitute Aaron Coyle finds himself racing through on goal and despatches nicely under Miles, before a visiting substitute, Joel Howes, denies a certain goal when heading off the line.

A fourth for Rose, and the hosts’ fifth, did come late on as the Dunkirk defence was seen to be at sixes and sevens, Rose taking full advantage of the situation and slide into what had become an open goal; it would be Rose again to the fore with five remaining, turning both Lewis Wilcox, and Dylan Miles, inside out to slot home number six.

The visitors night of misery, well the second half at least, was compounded as Phil Jauch wrapped up the win with a seventh in the last minute to progress to the Second Round, in comfortable, albeit a wet manner.

Kimberley Miners Welfare: Danny Rigley, Adam Morley, Tom Eccleshall, Takunda Mushambi, Sam Brown, Nick Knight, Lewis Partridge,  Philip Jauch, Ben Bandhu, Luis Rose, Nathan Banton.

Dunkirk: Dylan Miles, Jacob Taylor, James Price, Ewan Head, Lewis Wilcox, Jack Reid (Tyler Beard 72), Callum Robinson (Joel Howes 72), Richard Whyman, Tom Batterham (Lewis Jackson 54), Scott Litchfield, Christian Hatley.

Venue: The Stag Ground (69)


*Article provided by Peter Mann (Senior Correspondent).

*Main image @Dunkirk_FC action from a one sided game as Kimberley ran riot to beat Dunkirk.

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