Glasshoughton draw final warm-up game

Jermaine Moyce, who featured for Glasshoughton Welfare against Seaton Delaval.
Jermaine Moyce, who featured for Glasshoughton Welfare against Seaton Delaval.

Glasshoughton Welfare welcomed North Shields-based Seaton Delaval to Leeds Road for their final pre-season friendly game before the real action gets under way in the Toolstation NCE Division One this Saturday at Hall Road Rangers.

Due to injuries, and work commitments, Welfare joint manager Darren Holmes, in sole charge for this one, had to make several changes from the team that had scored 17 goals in their last three games and they were held to a 1-1 draw.

Another trialist goalkeeper, Danny Waring, played for Welfare and showed good confidence with his handling and distribution.

Welfare opened well and from an early corner visiting keeper Shaun White managed to claw a downwards header away before Andy Horbury hit a shot over the bar.

At the other end, Scott Borthwick hit a shot over from 30 yards, but soon after Horbury had a good chance for the hosts when a poor clearance from White fell to the striker only for his shot to be collected by the back pedalling keeper.

A Jermaine Moyce lofted ball to the far post caused problems for the visiting defence, but Welfare could not capitalise on the chance and seconds later Moyce just failed to connect with a Rich Collier cross.

Seaton came close on the half-hour when a 30-yard Jack Foalie volley beat Waring but sailed inches over the bar.

As the first half was coming to a close only last ditch defending stopped Welfare scoring, although Paul Haxon had a good chance for Seaton only to shoot wide.

Moyce had a shot blocked by the legs of White at his near post with the last kick of the half.

Welfare opened the scoring on 58 minutes when a great ball from the right by Nathan Keightley found Horbury who brought the ball down and slotted home from 20 yards.

But within two minutes Seaton were level as good play on the left saw the ball reach Matthew Bailey who drove home from the edge of the area.

In the last quarter the game became a little feisty with a number of wild tackles going in from players of both sides. Referee Andy Smith showed good sense when asking for a player on each side to be substituted.

The last chance of the game fell to Welfare, with keeper White, who had been quick off his line all afternoon, blocking a Robbie Clayton effort, and it finished all square.

Glasshoughton now play their first competitive game at Hall Road Rangers this Saturday (3pm) with a quick follow-up next Wednesday away to Brigg Town in the first round of the NCE League Cup (7.45pm).