Both sides were promoted last season into this league and both teams are in the top half of the table. There is a lot of respect for each other borne out of some thrilling and competitive encounters over the last couple of seasons and this one was to be no different.
A late goal from Ollie Fearon, his 17th of the season sealed the points for AFC after Jack Steers had cancelled out Grant Allott’s opening goal. This ended an 8-game unbeaten run for Hemsworth.
The Bulls welcomed back Gary Bradshaw to the starting XI after injury and gave a debut to Jason Paling a dual signing from Stocksbridge Park Steels.
It was the home side that were quickest to start and had Nick Guest took the gilt-edged chance presented to him after 5 minutes the story could have been so different. But the normally deadly striker fired wide and it set the tone for the rest of his game.
The Bulls 1st effort came on 9 minutes when Ollie Fearon headed wide from a Ryan Williams corner. Both teams continued to create chances without anything hitting the target.
The visitors went close on 28 minutes, Gary Bradshaw running at Hemsworth back line and then releasing Williams on the left edge of the box. The winger elected to hit it 1st time and his curling effort went 2 yards wide.
2 minutes later and ‘Wells’ captain Billy Law turns neatly in the box but fires his effort straight at Jason White.
The pace of the game never diminished and Tiani and D’Laryea were both orchestrating and battle each other in the middle of the park.