Glasshoughton edged out by leaders

Jimmy Williams, on target for Glasshoughton Welfare.
Jimmy Williams, on target for Glasshoughton Welfare.

New signing Luke Danville came up with an 82nd minute winner as Toolstation NCE Division One leaders Hemsworth MW edged to a 2-1 win over much improved Glasshoughton Welfare on Tuesday night.

All the goals came in the second half as hosts ‘Houghton made it tough for the table toppers.

Hemsworth took the lead when Jason Yates netted on 65 minutes and the home side equalised on 80 through an Adam Walsh strike.

But any thoughts Welfare had of gaining a point were dashed within two minutes as Danville scored the winner.

Glasshoughton secured a fourth successive Division One win last Saturday with a narrow 2-1 success at Hull side Hall Road Rangers.

After having to play their previous 145 minutes with only 10 players after two dismissals managers Simon Houghton and Craig Wilkinson rotated their squad, giving Del Pollock, Gareth Hunter, and Mike Brearley a rest. Ash Scothern came back into the side along with Tom Carr and James Popplewell made his first start for the side.

Welfare were unlucky not to gain a penalty after only two minutes when striker Jack Owen appeared to be tripped as he broke into the area, but the referee waved away the pleas.

But they did take the lead after 12 minutes when a Josh Morley corner was headed on to Owen who nodded in at the far post for his third goal in three games.

Rangers came back and Danny Walker headed just wide before Adam Foster missed with a shot.

On 26 minutes a Morley free-kick was charged down and he hit the rebound wide.

Rangers keeper Jordan Douglas then saved at the feet of Owen and Owen hooked a shot just wide.

At the other end, substitute Chris Garth hit a shot just over, but Welfare were the more dominant side going towards the interval with Ryan Poskitt having a shot saved by Douglas.

The goalkeeper then saw Morley shoot just wide of his near post before he saved a Tom Carr free-kick low down.

‘Houghton opened the second half well with Popplewell at the far post just failing to connect with a pass across goal by Poskitt.

They increased their lead on 48 minutes when another Morley corner saw Jimmy Williams poke the ball home.

The goal seemed to put some life into the home side and Adam Foster tested keeper Jordan Watson from 30 yards.

The Welfare keeper made a great block on 64 minutes with a one-on-one challenge, but he was disappointed a minute later when he missed a high ball into the six-yard box and the ball was bundled home by Martin Jones.

Minutes later Scothern forced a great block from Douglas and just after this Watson redeemed himself with a great save from a point blank Mike Walsh header.

The Welfare defence seemed to be getting stretched in the final few minutes and they were lucky when Mike Thompson headed just wide. However as the home side pressed for an equaliser the visitors had chances in the final minute when Owen was foiled by the hand of Douglas and just on the final whistle Scothern, through on goal, could not quite control the ball and finish on the uneven surface.

Glasshoughton are back at home this Saturday when they entertain Hull United, kick-off 3pm.