AFTER winning his first game in charge Glasshoughton Welfare manager Rob Hunter was brought down to earth with a bump as his new side lost 2-0 at home to Pickering Town.
The visitors from north Yorkshire proved to be a good footballing side and they were first out of the blocks, although when Welfare responded James Beaston should have done better after breaking clear down the flank only to hit his cross high and wide.
Town’s John Heads shot well over as both teams displayed some good end to end football on a pitch that was quickly deteriorating under the heavy rain and on the half-hour mark Heads again hit a speculative shot from some 30 yards out which on this occasion clipped the inside of the woodwork to flat foot debutant keeper Jordan Robson and finish in the back of the net to give the visitors the lead.
Town were jubilant from the score and went at the home defence with some vigour. Welfare were fortunate not to concede again as an easy chance from a ball across the six yard box was squandered by Heads before Chris Gowan appeared to handle to get possession and drive narrowly over Robson’s goal.
After a bout of intense opposition pressure Welfare were showing signs of having weathered the storm when Joe Danby doubled the lead eight minutes later, rounding off a fine team move by glancing a header past Robson to give Glasshoughton a mountain to climb at the interval.
From the resumption Welfare showed the more determination, but hesitancy on a difficult surface saw Daz Young squander a half chance by lifting over the crossbar and when Town replied Welfare were relieved when Joel Ramm missed an absolute sitter, knocking wide from the six-yard line.
Welfare worked a further number of half chances, but the normally reliable Carl Fothergill shot into the side netting and with the conditions worsening with water beginning to stand on the pitch and the game approaching almost abandonment status it became a case of which side was most able to force the ball forward.
In these conditions Welfare gave it their all, but being still very much in the throes of team rebuilding were unable to conclusively break down a competent defence, coming off second best against a well organised outfit.
Glasshoughton: Robson, Beaston, Headley, James (Stirland), Nodder, Swales, Weatherald, Tuck, Fothergill, Young (Grey), Maynard (Gorner).