Welfare bounce back after opening day disaster

Del Pollock.
Del Pollock.

Glasshoughton Welfare went from zeros to heroes as they suffered a heavy defeat in their opening game, but bounced back with an away win on Tuesday night in the Toolstation NCE Premier.

After losing 6-0 at Handsworth Parramore on Saturday it was a complete contrast as a much improved side won 3-2 in a pulsating end to end encounter at Maltby Main.

The return of Jimmy Williams in defence and Del Pollock in attack made Welfare look a better side.

They opened down the pronounced Muglet Lane slope but despite both sides playing open entertaining football the interval came with neither side being on the score sheet, Welfare going closest when Steve Barraclough pounced on a dropped ball by home keeper Matt Cutts, only to spoon over from close range

Things changed from the restart as the livewire Pollock put the visitors ahead from a corner only partially cleared.

Welfare’s joy was shortlived as within five minutes substitute Liam Royles hit a sweet shot just inside the upright, but they quickly restored the lead when Pollock hit a 30-yard free-kick through the wall and into the bottom corner of the net.

Maltby responded and again pulled level in the 80th minute through Oliver Fearon, but the visitors were determined not to be denied and with the clock running down Williams struck a free-kick from the edge of the area into the bottom corner.

Welfare failed to come up to the mark in their opening game when the last minute withdrawal of Jimmy Williams and the absence of key players proved key factors.

They opened brightly enough, but found themselves in arrears on the quarter hour mark when Vill Powell was allowed space and time to head in a perfect cross.

The Welfare goal then came under siege. Although keeper Josh Archer made a number of good saves his hesitant defence capitulated as Nick Travis found the corner of the net to put the home men firmly in the driving seat.

Any thoughts the visitors had that they would have some relief in the second period were soon dispelled when Lee Whittington put Handsworth further ahead with a sweet low drive 10 minutes in.

Parramore dominated the remainder and added further goals through Luke Fletcher on the hour, Whittington again on 80 minutes and Ryan Johnson three minutes from time to end a sorry afternoon for a below par Welfare side in which only the hard working Andy Seed and keeper Archer came out with any distinction.

This Saturday Welfare stage their first competitive home game of the new season when they host Knaresborough Town in the extra preliminary round of the FA Cup (kick-off 3pm).

They will also be in action next Tuesday either in an FA Cup replay if it is necessary at Manse Lane, Knaresborough or in a league game at Pickering Town. Kick-off will be 7.45pm for either match.