Denaby derby special: “We will put things right”, says Main boss

Main's Liam Winfield
Main's Liam Winfield

Denaby Main boss Kevin Eley has vowed that there will be 
“no repeat” of the 6-0 derby hammering his side suffered when they last faced United.

Eley missed that September game, when Steve Ellor netted a hat-trick for United, and former Rotherham player Eley said: “We fell short in the last game, but that won’t happen again.

“There’ll be no repeat of that day - not on my part, anyway. I’m really up for it - I wish I was ten years younger, so I could play!

“A few lads played the occasion last time out, not the game, but we have a lot to prove and we’re determined to put things right.”

Main kept up the pressure on their table-topping rivals last weekend, as they edged a nine-goal thriller at mid-table Hemsworth.

Liam Winfield netted four of Main’s goals, and Joe Dungworth had earlier dragged Main level after Hemsworth had taken the lead with a 35-yard wonderstrike that gave Craig Pears no chance.

Main responded in good fashion, Tom O’Neill heading across the box and Dungworth making no mistake.

Main then took the lead when Winfield headed home following Gary Adcock’s flick, but the home side then turned the game on its head with two goals in as many minutes.

First, a deflected shot found its way past Pears, and then a mix-up in the Main defence allowed Hemsworth to lead once more going into half time.

The half-time introduction of Tommy Needham galvanised Main, and Winfield brought them back on level terms with a bullet header.

He completed his hat-trick soon after from the penalty spot, after O’Neill was fouled by a defender and the goalkeeper.

Main then should have had another spot-kick, but O’Neill elected to stay on his feet instead of going down.

It was five for the visitors when Winfield met a long punt downfield and lobbed the ball over the onrushing goalkeeper, and the game appeared over.

But Hemsworth set up a nervy finish with their fourth, when another mix-up in the Main defence allowed a forward to nip in and put the ball past goalkeeper Pears.

Main held strong, though, and moved second in the Doncaster Senior League Premier Division table.

They sit nine points behind their neighbours, but have two games in hand.