Welfare hit by one-two in dramatic late turnaround

Greig McGrory.
Greig McGrory.
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Glasshoughton Welfare had their first home victory of the season cruelly snatched from their grasp in a dramatic last five minutes of Tuesday night’s game against Pickering Town.

With five minutes to play in the Toolstation NCE Premier Division game Welfare were 1-0 up and seemingly on course to finally end their run without a home win. But the visitors equalised in the 86th minute then to add to Glasshoughton’s misery managed to find the net again to take all three points.

It was tough on the hosts after they had produced a good display and played some fine football.

In a fast opening both sides were equally matched with the visitors’ Robbie Hawkes getting down the bye line to put in a dangerous cross and in reply James Beaston going close for the home men, his shot being just the wrong side of the upright.

Play continued end to end and with both teams being on a par it was no surprise that the interval came without the scorers being troubled.

Within minutes of the interval restart Greig McGrory broke the deadlock, putting Welfare into the lead with a well directed header from a corner kick.

From this Glasshoughton appeared lifted and produced some fine football to keep the ascendancy and with time running down it looked as if they were about to register their first home win of the season until disaster struck in the shape of two late goals.

Firstly by Town’s Josh Greening, turning home a low cross in the 86th minute then Tom Adams driving into the roof of the net from close range on 89 minutes to leave the home men drained and still searching for the elusive first home win.

Welfare gave an improved performance against high flying Tadcaster Albion on Saturday, but once again basic defensive errors ultimately proved the difference between the teams as they lost 2-0.

The visitors looked the more lively from the off and created a number of half chances and when Welfare eventually made a response new signing Hilliaro Serrao shot straight at visiting custodian Leon Wrigglesworth.

Welfare were then put under a mini siege during which Albion squandered further openings, but once again the home men retaliated and were unfortunate not to take the lead, Wrigglesworth forcing a low shot from Russ Headley round the upright and from the corner kick Daz Young smashed a shot against the crossbar, an unfortunate narrow miss which Houghton Welfare were to rue as Albion broke away to score.

An innocent looking punt forward by Terry Taylor was sliced into the path of Carl Stewart by the onrushing home keeper Paul Hagreen, leaving the forward the simplest of tasks to stroke home after 15 minutes.

Welfare seemingly put this behind them and continued to take play to the visitors in a lively game, Young getting in a good low cross only for James Beaston to turn the chance round the upright and Headley also missing the target when well placed and they went in at the interval feeling somewhat unfortunate to be in arrears.

Within minutes of the interval restart Welfare went further behind, a long looping cross being misjudged by Hagreen to allow Danny Critchlow to nod in at the far post.

Minutes later the keeper was again stranded on the edge of his penalty area, but somehow got back to retrieve the situation to save from Albion’s Taylor.

Mid way through the half Welfare gave away a needles penalty, the trickery of Albion’s Stuart Rice proving too much for the flat footed home defence, but Hagreen brought off a smart save from a well struck spot kick by Lee Stewart.

However, although Welfare put in a lot of effort a resolute visitors’ defence kept chances to a minimum, only a single shot by Young giving Wrigglesworth any cause for concern. Once again Glasshoughton had failed to reap any reward at home.

This Saturday Welfare are away to Basford United in another league game (kick-off 3pm).