First win for new Glasshoughton management team

Glasshoughton Welfare's new signing, Ryan Poskitt.
Glasshoughton Welfare's new signing, Ryan Poskitt.

Glasshoughton Welfare’s joint managers Simon Houghton and Craig Wilkinson secured their first win since taking charge last Saturday when their side won 3-1 at a cold Oxford Street, the home of Rossington Main.

First half goals from Josh Morley and Ashley Scothern set Welfare on their way although in between, a Shaun Pendleton header pegged the visitors back.

A great second half effort from Luke Durham sealed the points and moved Glasshoughton into 16th place in the Toolstation NCE Division One table.

Welfare introduced new signing Ryan Poskitt to their line-up and big centre-half Adam Walsh came into the team for his first league start under the new managers.

The opening minutes were fairly tame although Welfare nearly took the lead after 13 minutes when a Scothern shot was somehow cleared off the line by a Rossington defender.

They did take the lead on 15 minutes when the ball was played to Morley in the home penalty area and he hammered the ball high into the net past keeper Simon Dye.

After Jason Stokes hit the ball wide twice for the home side they equalised on 28 minutes. A high ball was hit into the area and Welfare goalkeeper Jordan Watson raced out to punch away, but he was beaten to the ball by Shaun Pendleton who headed over him into the empty net.

Welfare regained the lead on the half-hour when a cross from the left was misheaded by a defender back into the area and Scothern headed over Dye.

A couple of minutes later it could have been three when Luke Durham broke down the left and his cross ball reached Scothern whose first time shot went inches wide of a post.

Just before the interval Welfare had a lucky escape when Jordan Hatton headed a cross home only to be flagged offside.

Welfare opened the second half well and increased their lead on 57 minutes. Scothern crossed from the right and the ball came to Durham on the left of the penalty area. He showed great class in bringing the ball back along the edge of the area before hitting a great shot past Dye.

Welfare then looked to increase their lead and Durham, Poskitt, and Del Pollock all saw efforts palmed away by Dye.

Rossington, to their credit, never gave up the fight and in the last few minutes the Welfare defence had to stand firm several times as the home side tried to pull a goal back. Watson made a good block with his feet in the last minute.

After the game Welfare’s joint manager Craig Wilkinson said: “We had to work hard today for the three points, but in fairness the better team won.

“Our lads were strong today and the effort that they put in was fantastic. I hope that we can kick on from here and get the club back up the league where they belong.”

Welfare were also in action on Tuesday night when they hosted Premier Division side Pickering Town in the third round of the NCE League Cup and went out 2-0.

Two poor goals were the undoing of Welfare who put in a great first half performance and probably should have been leading at the break.

Joe Danby scored after five minutes following poor marking at a free-kick and Pickering sealed the game on 75 minutes when keeper Jordan Watson slipped coming for the ball and ex-Welfare player Callum Ward slotted home.

This Saturday Glasshoughton are at home again when they take on Grimsby Borough in a league game (3pm) and they are away to Hallam next Tuesday (7.45pm).