Following the introduction of a number of new faces Glasshoughton Welfare produced a battling performance as they took high riding Bridlington Town to the wire.
Only a solitary second half goal separated the teams in Saturday’s competitive Toolstation NCE Premier Division game.
In a brisk opening the visitors applied the early pressure with Eddy Birch lifting an early chance over the woodwork and the same player appearing to have put Town in front from a firm header only to be denied by an offside flag.
A brief reply saw Welfare’s lively new signing Mark Trueman going clear only to shoot wide from a good position.
The game was then held up for a period when an assistant referee pulled up with a hamstring problem, but fortunately local NCE level referee Duncan Street was in among the spectators and was able to deputise.
The game continued with Town still having the slight edge and when the home defence was caught napping keeper Josh Archer was required to dash out and make a do or die save. However, handling the ball outside the area brought him a caution.
In an impressive sweeping length of the field move the visitors looked certain to open the scoring, but Chris Adams floated the opportunity well over which saw the game to the interval without loss to either side.
From the restart Adams seemed determined to make up for the early miss, but again directed a screamer of a shot harmlessly past the wrong side of Archer’s upright.
In response Welfare’s Matt Cressey amazed and surprised the visitors by going on a mazy downfield run and cross from which new boy Arran Horton put wide of the target.
With home keeper Archer stopping everything that Town could throw at him Welfare were surprisingly well in the game until the 82nd minute when from a dubious free-kick Bridlington went ahead, the kick from the edge of the box being floated into the packed goal mouth for visiting captain Tom Fleming to head home to net what ultimately turned out to be the winning goal.
Welfare were denied the point they had worked hard for at the finish and ended with 10 men after Liam Kellett was harshly sent-off.
It was a much improved performance, however, that gives them hope that they can climb off the bottom of the Premier table in the coming weeks. Glasshoughton face a tough task, though, this Saturday when they host ambitious second - placed Shaw Lane Aqua Force, who are managed by former Welfare boss Craig Elliott.