Glasshoughton Welfare stay anchored at bottom of table

Retford's Craig Morley gets into an altercation with Glasshoughton Welfare's Steven Barraclough during the NCE game at Leeds Road.
Retford's Craig Morley gets into an altercation with Glasshoughton Welfare's Steven Barraclough during the NCE game at Leeds Road.
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Glasshoughton Welfare’s winless run continued as they went down 3-0 at home to fellow strugglers Retford United in the Premier Division of the Toolstation NCE League.

United began as the pacemakers making all the early running, confining Welfare much to their own half of the pitch and forcing home keeper Josh Archer to claw a goal bound attempt from Mark Hume over the crossbar.

Retford stayed on the offensive to force a series of corners and it was well after the half hour mark before Welfare were able to produce their first shot of any note with Kingsley Weatherald firing wide.

Although United had a 27th minute “goal” disallowed for offside they were always looking dangerous against a fragile looking home defence and just before the interval went ahead when defender Craig Morley headed in a corner kick at the far post.

In the second period Welfare came more into the game with Daniel Barrett being denied by visiting keeper Jamie Green, but it was the visitors who continued to control matters and when the home defence failed to clear Adam Lee pounced to beat keeper Josh Archer from close range.

Substitute Leigh Hutchinson made sure of the points by swivelling through would be challenges to score in the closing minutes.

The result kept Welfare firmly anchored at the foot of the Premier Division table, the slight consolation being that fellow strugglers Nostell MW were beaten and Armthorpe Welfare’s game was postponed leaving the bottom three league places temporarily unchanged.

Glasshoughton have, however, now gone 10 matches since they last won, back in September, and have collected just nine points from their 18 games.

Last weekend’s game was a step back after promise shown in the previous two outings when they had narrowly lost at Armthorpe and had drawn with Liversedge.

They face a tough task to end their run this Saturday when away to third-placed Heanor Town (kick-off 3pm) and are in action again next Tuesday when at home to mid-table Bridlington Town (7.45pm).