Glasshoughton sign off on winning note

Simon Houghton (left) with Craig Wilkinson.

Simon Houghton (left) with Craig Wilkinson.

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Glasshoughton Welfare ended a mixed season with a 2-1 win at Winterton Rangers in their final fixture.

Joint manager Craig Wilkinson was under pressure with his selection as goalkeeper Josh Archer was unfit and captain Jamie Williams was forced to don the gloves for the game. But the club captain was to play a major part in the win with his constant talking to his side.

In an entertaining game Welfare went behind after three minutes when Robbie Start beat Williams with a shot from just inside the area.

Welfare hit back with Ryan Poskitt heading a Josh Morley corner just over and Lewis Akeister also firing narrowly over.

The visitors had a lucky escape on 20 minutes when the ball was lost on the halfway line and Mike Brearley, racing back, fouled a home player, resulting in a penalty that was hit wide by Josh Batty.

Welfare came back and big defender Leon Cusworth saw a header cleared away before Morley hit a shot just wide. Chris Fawcett also hit a decent effort wide.

The welfare defence was under pressure at times and substitute Rhys Vazquez crossed a ball that was scrambled away. Batty then had a goal disallowed for offside and Williams pulled off a fine save to deny the same player.

On the stroke of half-time Welfare equalised when Fawcett slotted a ball in from the right and Poskitt got a foot on it to divert into the net.

Houghton started the second half well and young goalkeeper Lewis Tomlinson pulled off a good save from Lucas Middleton.

Welfare were now going for a second goal and were attacking at will. A great run saw Morley put a pass across the face of the home area, but no player was on hand to capitalise.

Tom Coyles then hit a great effort just wide, but Welfare were rewarded on 70 minutes when, from a corner, Cusworth’s header was saved, but Middleton was on hand to poke the loose ball home.

Winterton should have been level soon after when substitute Tom Finnegan was one-on-one with Williams, but as he went round the keeper he could only strike his shot against the bar.

In the closing minutes the Welfare defence held out as the home side looked for an equaliser although Akeister had a shot blocked and substitute Connor Rollinson hit a shot just wide.

Simon Houghton has resigned as Glasshoughton’s joint manager due to work commitments.

He was appointed along with Craig Wilkinson in December and the latter has now been invited to take on the role as the sole manager and will make a decision before the weekend.

l Glasshoughton are looking for a programme editor for the 2016-17 season and also volunteers to join the club’s committee with a view to helping out on matchdays.

Applicants or anyone interested in volunteering, can contact secretary Frank McLachlan at frank.maclachlan@btinternet.com or Garry Mollon at garrymollon4295@gmail.com