Glasshoughton Welfare scraped a 1-0 win on their first ever visit to North Nottingham club Basford United in a Toolstation NCE Premier Division game that could have gone either way on Saturday.
On a perfectly flat well maintained pitch both teams took time to settle and the visitors were fortunate not to concede early, blocking doggedly on the goal-line before escaping when United’s Jermain Hollis drove against the woodwork.
After Welfare had settled they created their first opportunity, James Beaston chipping a free-kick into the area from which Serrao Hilliaro headed narrowly wide.
A Daz Young free-kick shortly after raked across the goalmouth, but there were no takers.
Liam Tuck put in a low shot which home keeper Allessandro Barcherini did well to turn round the upright, but from the corner kick the visitors were unable to get the breakthrough and the interval came with both teams very much level pegging.
United opened from the interval break much the busier team with both Hollis and Aidan Brady failing to convert half chances.
When eventually Welfare stepped up a gear the pacy Serrao forced a corner, from which Matt Donnelly headed narrowly over.
Despite flurries of corner kicks both teams were lacking the edge to break down the relevant defences and a goalless draw was looking very much on the cards until with just 15 minutes left on the clock Serrao came up with a bit of magic to score the goal that ultimately sealed the points.
After going on a left flank run, leaving a couple of defenders for dead, he cut in sharply in from the touch- line and drove a shot low past Barcherini to finally break the deadlock.
Although United threw everything at Glasshoughton in the time remaining the visitors’ defence stood firm to take the hard earned points.
This Saturday Welfare are in league action again when they host Lincoln Moorlands Railway at the Leeds Road ground (kick-off 3pm).
They are also at home next Tuesday night when up against Tadcaster Albion in a second round tie in the Toolstation NCE League Cup (kick-off 7.45pm).