Welfare make it back to back wins

Glasshoughton Welfare's Liam Tuck
Glasshoughton Welfare's Liam Tuck

Buoyed by their unexpected but deserved win at Garforth Town last week Glasshoughton Welfare went to Liversedge with high hopes and produced a fine display to come away with full points from a 3-1 Premier Division win.

Welfare are beginning to form the nucleus of a settled side and although opening up the slope an early goal settled them after an M62 delay had meant a late start.

Kieran Corley gave them an ideal opening when picking up a loose ball on the edge of the area to go forward and hit a low shot past keeper Jamie Abbott.

The game then settled into an even contest, although Welfare spurned the chance to go further ahead when a miskick by the home defence let Callum Ward in, but his shot was driven over from close range.

The home defence was looking somewhat shaky and it was a full 25 minutes before they found some relief to allow their forwards an attempt on goal, a header by Gibril Bojang which barely troubled visiting keeper Paul Hagreen.

Liam Tuck went close with a good low shot before Welfare went further ahead, Ward cutting inside to flat foot the defence and drive under Abbott.

From the start of the second half Daz Young came close to increasing the lead, his shot getting a wicked deflection which Abbott did well to keep out. Liversedge were again glad to escape as from a perfect Russ Headley cross Ward failed to connect.

The striker, however, was not to be denied and on 62 minutes he latched onto a Beaston cross to score with aplomb.

Welfare went on to create numerous opportunities, substitute Joel Freestone striking against the underside of the crossbar and Ward again going close before they eventually eased up and in doing so allowed the home men to reduce the arrears, substitute Ben Johnson turning well to lash past Hagreen.

But this slight blip apart Welfare were always in command and went on to gain the full points with some comfort.

This Saturday Glasshoughton are in FA Vase action in the qualifying round when away to Askern Villa (3pm).