Two goals in four minutes of added time turned Glasshoughton Welfare’s game at home to Westella VIP on its head and gave them their fourth win of the season in Division One of the Toolstation NCE League.
On a heavy Leeds Road pitch Mick Norbury’s men looked to be heading for defeat despite creating a number of chances as they trailed 1-0 going into injury-time, but they kept going and were rewarded with two goals to earn all the points.
Welfare looked a beaten side after a 30th minute penalty was conceded by new full-back Reece Lucas, but he redeemed himself in the third minute of injury-time when his volley pulled his side level. And then, not to be outdone, his brother Lucas headed home a minute later.
The game opened tamely although a cross from the left was headed wide by Welfare’s Ashley Scothern.
Another ball then from the right was missed by the home strikers and on the half-hour Westella took the lead when Reece Lucas, in his first appearance for Welfare, brought a Westella player down in the penalty area and Alex Wood slotted the resulting penalty past Jordan Watson.
Welfare tried to come back with Josh Morley shooting just over and Scothern then poking the ball past keeper Nathan Otley only to see it kicked off the line. Just before halftime Kingsley Wetherald saw his chip shot collected under the bar and at the other end Watson made a great save with his feet to deny a second goal for Westella.
Welfare opened the second half well with Scothern heading just wide and Nathan Perks chipping a shot just over the bar.
Morley saw a fierce shot blocked, but then for Westella, Chris Short hit the ball straight at Watson’s hands from point blank range.
It looked as though Welfare would suffer another defeat as the referee indicated four minutes of added time. Scothern shot wide, but then in the third extra minute the ball reached Reece Lucas some 20 yards out and he sent a volley over the Westella defence and into the far corner of the net for a stunning equaliser.
The drama was not over as a minute later when Morley hit a free-kick into the penalty area Brett Lucas managed to divert the ball past Otley with his head.
The exciting finish gave Glasshoughton a real boost after three straight defeats, but they remain in 16th position in the league with 16 points from their 18 games so far this season.
Next up is a trip to play Shirebrook Town this Saturday (kick-off 3pm) as they look to make it back to back to back victories for the first time this season.
They face a tricky task up against a team ahead of them in ninth place who go into the game off the back of a couple of good wins and a goalless draw with former leaders AFC Mansfield.