Glasshoughton Welfare’s return to action following a four-week weather enforced break proved disastrous as a catalogue of self inflicted errors saw them suffer a 6-0 hammering at Pickering Town in the Premier Division of the Toolstation NCE League.
They found themselves up against a good footballing side and could not cope defensively at times.
Ironically in a fast opening on a good playing surface the visitors had the first real opportunities to open the scoring, but unfortunately found home keeper Callum Myers equal to Matt Bugg’s fierce snap shot then moments later Bugg worked clear only to lift over the crossbar.
Following these early moments Welfare were second best against a young outfit who played the ball around the park with some aplomb and it was no surprise when Pickering took the lead in the 18th minute when Welfare failed to clear a corner effectively and Town flooded back to split the visitors defence and give Tony Hackworth the simplest of tap-ins at the far post.
Glasshoughton attempted to raise their game, but Town always appeared to have the edge and went further ahead on the stroke of half-time, Welfare being dealt a cruel blow as Joe Danby was allowed to go on from what looked a blatant offside position. Although keeper Paul Hagreen did well to deny the first effort, Josh Greening followed up to tap-in to an empty net.
It was a similar pattern from the interval restart with Hagreen continually denying a rampant Town and Welfare not being able to muster a clear shot on goal due mainly to surrendering possession as a result of poor passing.
On 58 minutes Town punished the visitors further, Harry Coates picking up a giveaway ball to cross low for Robbie Hawkes to side foot home and put Town well in command.
Minutes later Town increased their lead when once again Welfare failed to clear their lines and substitute Ged Dalton planted a firm shot past Hagreen
Welfare then surprisingly produced their best piece of football of the afternoon, Hilliaro Serreao going to the bye-line to cross and Kieran Corley forcing a fine save from Myers with a stinging rising shot.
As the game went into the latter stages Welfare appeared to raise something of a comeback, but conceded two simple goals in the 85th and 87th minutes.
First, Town’s Danby lobbed the ball over Hagreen from almost the half-way line, the keeper having strayed out to the edge of the penalty area. Then the keeper miscued a back pass to allow Sam Calvert another easy tap-in to give a somewhat false look to the scoreline and add to Welfare’s humiliation.
Glasshoughton will be looking for better this Saturday when they return to their Leeds Road ground to host Parkgate FC (3pm).
They are also in league action next Tuesday when at home to Liversedge (7.45pm).