Glasshoughton Welfare bounced back from two heavy defeats when they won 2-0 at a cold and blustery Teversal in Division One of the Toolstation NCE League.
A first half Josh Morley penalty and a stunning second half 25-yard effort from the lively Ryan Poskitt ensured that the Welfare players returned to West Yorkshire with all three points.
A number of players were missing the game for various reasons, but making a welcome return after suspension was influential skipper Jimmy Williams.
Welfare were under some pressure in the first few minutes and goalkeeper Mark Suttle made a good block when Sean Dickinson looked to open the scoring.
Lewis Weaver then shot wide while at the other end Poskitt dragged an effort wide and Ashley Scothern then just failed to get a good contact from a Poskitt pass.
Glasshoughton took the lead on 15 minutes when Teversal’s Luke Fisher fouled Kris Fawcett in the area and Morley slotted the resultant penalty past Dale Sheppard.
Fifteen minutes later Fawcett did well in the area again and he lobbed the ball towards goal, but Poskitt headed well over.
Scothern thought he had got a second for Welfare on 40 minutes when he hit a shot in from 18 yards, but Sheppard managed to push the effort for a corner.
Just before half-time Welfare had a lucky escape when Suttle fumbled a high ball under pressure. The ball was fired towards goal but new defender Bradley Kilburn headed off the line.
As a result of the incident Suttle received a head injury and had to be taken to hospital for treatment. He was the second player to make the visit as the hosts’ Brad Cox sustained a badly broken nose just before the interval.
Taking his place in goal was new signing and former Welfare keeper Josh Archer, recently rejoined from Worsbrough Bridge.
In fairness the young keeper was rarely tested on his second debut, mainly watching long range efforts go wide or over the crossbar.
‘Houghton increased their lead on 66 minutes with a great goal from Poskitt. He collected the ball 25 yards out and rifled a shot into the net to give Sheppard no chance.
The game petered out somewhat then with neither side able to create any clear cut chances.
Welfare joint manager Simon Houghton was pleased at the end.
He said: “This was a good team performance. There were a few man of the match performances out there.
“We had six missing from the squad today, but it was good to have Jimmy (Williams) back.
“I thought Brad Kilburn did well having not played for six weeks. We came here and they were 13 points in front. We had a good balance and after the two previous defeats it was pleasing to see that they took on board what we said to them before the game.”
Welfare now face a hectic four games in seven days in the next week.
This Saturday they are at home to AFC Mansfield in the league, 3pm, next Tuesday Welfare are again at home in a league game against Hull United , 7.45pm, then on Thursday it is away to Thackley in the fourth round of the NCE League Cup, 7.45pm.
The week is rounded off on Saturday week with a trip to Hull-based Westella VIP, again in the league, 3pm.