Former boss back to haunt Glasshoughton Welfare

Craig Elliott
Craig Elliott

Former team manager Craig Elliott returned to Glasshoughton Welfare in charge of high riding Shaw Lane Aquaforce and saw his new side proceed to give the home men a severe thrashing.

Welfare were expecting a tough encounter although nurturing hopes of an upset following their recent much improved outing against Bridlington, but were mercilessly put to the sword by a silkily operating unit who really knew where the goal trail lay with the final score being an incredible 12-0.

The visitors showed their intentions by going ahead after five minutes, putting Welfare under immediate pressure with a strike by Jimmy Eyles, the same player forcing down the left flank some minutes later to rake a shot across into the top corner to leave home keeper Josh Archer completely stranded.

Welfare made attempts to get into the game, but their first sortie fizzled out with a weak shot by Liam Hurst and Aquaforce just simply turned the tap on again to go further ahead on 17 minutes, unfortunately this being an own goal by Simon Leach, inadvertently pushing the ball by his own advancing keeper.

The game settled somewhat and Welfare were threatening to reduce the deficit, but it was Lane who scored again through Lee Morris and following a length of the field move finished by the totally unmarked former Pontefract Collieries forward Joe Thornton.

Welfare’s plight appeared to worsen when Lane were awarded the most dubious of penalty awards, but Archer came to the rescue, going down well to save a low fierce spot kick by O’Brien.

However, the goal machine kept on providing with Thornton again being left in oceans of space to pick his spot to put past the hapless Archer and on the stroke of half-time Eyles completed his hat-trick.

Within minutes of the interval restart Lane had increased their lead through Thornton, albeit from what looked an offside position and when Archer pulled out all the stops to deny a fierce drive from Lee Morris, Lane were quicker to react, Matt Thornhill pouncing to slip the loose ball into the net.

Further goals came from Morris (55), O’Brien (75), and Eyles (86 and 89), who took his personal tally to five and Welfare were well and truly outclassed, making a victory from this Saturday’s home bottom of the table clash with Nostell MW all the more crucial. Kick-off is 3pm with Welfare desperate for three points.

Glasshoughton: Archer, Price, Morley, Walsh, Leach, Kellett (Leung), Dyson, Snaith, Hurst (Moore), Weatherald, Cressey.