Glasshoughton warm-up with draw against higher opponents

Del Pollock, on target.
Del Pollock, on target.
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Glasshoughton Welfare showed tremendous promise when they came away from Evo-Stik League Goole AFC with a good 2-2 draw in Saturday’s pre-season warm-up.

Welfare twice took the lead with goals from Del Pollock and Danny Corley, but Jamie Coulson pegged the scores back with a brace.

Manager Mick Norbury was disappointed that young goalkeeper Dan Morton failed to meet up with his squad, but Goole, with three goalkeepers to choose from, sportingly allowed Peter Fotko to line-up for Welfare.

On the renowned huge Goole pitch Welfare opened well and a cross from Pollock was cleared away. The hosts showed class, however, when a right wing cross was hammered just over the bar then Sean Dickinson floated a 20-yard shot just wide.

Welfare were not sitting back and Cawley saw a cross-come shot just miss a post before a Jimmy Williams long ball from half way just failed to find Pollock.

Sam Colbear hit a shot over and Pollock should have put the visitors ahead when he found himself with only French goalkeeper Thomas Beaurepaire to beat, but he missed his kick.

John Forsyth headed just wide before Welfare took the lead. Great interlinking play on the left saw the ball reach Pollock and he made no mistake, burying the ball past Beaurepaire to his left.

Goole levelled right on half-time as an attempted back pass from 35 yards out by Joe Woodger fell short and Coulson went round the keeper to walk the ball into the net.

Goole decided to withdraw Fotko at the interval due to injury and Welfare’s Jimmy Williams donned the gloves with assistant manager Phil Lindley replacing him in defence.

Williams was immediately tested when Sean Dickinson bore down on goal, but he scuffed his shot wide.

On 51 minutes Welfare took the lead for the second time. Once again good work by a number of players saw the ball reach Cawley on the edge of the area and his lovely left foot shot deceived Beaurepaire.

The lead only lasted nine minutes as Coulson got his second goal for the hosts after a slip on the left edge of the area allowed the ball to be played into the middle of the area.

Welfare made a number of changes and one to come on was Ian Blackburn. He showed good skill on the ball several times and was unlucky when a snap shot was parried for a corner by Beaurepaire.

In the last few minutes Welfare survived a goalmouth scramble when Williams saved low to his left and then a shot was fired over.

Goole nearly won it on 88 minutes when a quickly taken free-kick found Matt Semley 25 yards out and his thunderous shot hit the crossbar.

Welfare were in action again on Tuesday night and drew 2-2 at Houghton Main with Josh Barratt scoring both of their goals.

A number of chances were missed and they were made to pay when a late own goal from Jack Kirk enabled the hosts to draw.

Glasshoughton continue their preparations next Tuesday when at home to Evo-Stik Premier side Frickley Athletic, kick-off 7.45pm.

The 2015-16 NCE League fixtures start on Saturday, August 8 when Welfare have a local derby to begin with, away to neighbours Hemsworth MW, kick-off 3pm.