Glasshoughton Welfare secured their first league win of the new season with a narrow home success against Rossington Main.
Welfare were two up in the first 20 minutes with goals from Nathan Keightley and Adam Walsh and looked to be coasting to victory in their Toolstation NCE Division One match, but Rossington hit back to level and it needed Adam Hayton’s third penalty in four days to seal a 3-2 win.
The opening exchanges were fairly even with Jason Stokes hitting an effort well over for the visitors and only the outstretched foot of a defender stopping the ball reaching Nathan Keightley at the other end as he prepared to bear down on goal.
Welfare took the lead on 12 minutes when Keightley’s corner bamboozled keeper Ryan Musslewhite and flew directly into the net.
Eight minutes later another Keightley corner to the far post was headed home by Adam Walsh for his second goal in two games.
Welfare were coasting as Hayton hit a shot wide after a poor clearance by the keeper then Andy Horbury shot just wide of the far post.
They were rocked on 27 minutes as Rossington moved the ball quickly and Regan Kelly volleyed past keeper Dan Waring.
A second goal followed eight minutes later when Chris Savage rounded Waring before tapping into an empty net.
Just before the break Horbury collected the ball and made great strides across the visitors’ area but his shot was well blocked by the body of Musslewhite.
The second half opened with a Rossington free-kick drifting just wide. However, Welfare regained the lead on 52 minutes when defender Brad Kilner was hauled down by Niall Doyle and Hayton then stepped up to beat Musslewhite from the resulting penalty.
Welfare went looking for more goals. Keightley drove a shot wide before he brought the best out of Musslewhite with a powerful shot that the keeper managed to push onto the bar and over. Callum Harrison headed narrowly wide and Rich Collier had a weak shot easily saved.
Stokes fired just wide for the visitors and in the last minute Waring made a good diving save to his left to keep out a 20-yard free-kick. Welfare nearly had a fourth with virtually the last kick, Jason Kitchen’s close range shot saved by Musslewhite’s legs.
Welfare progressed in the first round of the NCE League Cup in midweek when they won 4-3 at Brigg Town.
Walsh clinched victory with a last minute goal in extra-time after Hayton had hit a hat-trick, including two penalties, only for Brigg to come up with a 90th minute equaliser.
Glasshoughton are away to Nostell MW this Saturday (3pm).