Welfare off the mark against near neighbours

Glasshoughton Welfare's Rob Pell.
Glasshoughton Welfare's Rob Pell.

Glasshoughton Welfare registered their first win of the season in the Toolstation NCE League when they renewed acquaintances with near neighbours Garforth Town at Wheatley Park on Monday.

Goals by Danny Middleton and Callum Ward clinched a 2-1 victory for Welfare.

Both keepers were in early action with Daz Young being denied at the last minute and Town’s Joseph St Juste being thwarted by Glasshoughton custodian Paul Hagreen.

Rob Pell was playing a superb holding game for the visitors and from one such effort laid on for Callum Ward to strike against the upright. Although the home defence appeared to have the situation under control Welfare’s Danny Middleton was first to react and disposed defender Josh Greenhaigh to put his side into an 18th minute lead.

Welfare were lifted by this early breakthrough with Middleton hitting a fierce drive past the upright and although Lyle went close for the home men and Hagreen was required to pull off a superb save from the same player it was the visitors who went further ahead. Callum Ward picked up from a mazy run by his namesake Dave Ward to drive through and plant past keeper Dominic Smith.

Welfare were on a high and minutes later were presented with an opportunity to put the game to bed when awarded a somewhat dubious penalty after Nick Allen was adjudged to have fouled Callum Ward. But although Daz Young placed the spot kick perfectly the lack of pace gave Smith the opportunity to bring off a fine low save and keep Town in the game.

Town appeared to gain momentum from this let-off and Welfare lived dangerously as Hagreen brought off a fortunate block from Josh Cartmen before the hosts reduced the arrears as the same player worked through a number of half challenges to slot home.

Welfare enjoyed the better of the early exchanges in the second half with Russ Headley going to the bye-line to cross only for Greig McGrory to miscue with the goal at his mercy and Headley and McGrory putting efforts wide.

Welfare were put on the back foot for most of the remainder. But determined defending, combined with occasional half chances being created by Pell and Headley who had a goal attempt cleared off the line by Adam Clark, saw them hold out for their first much deserved points.

Glasshoughton were unlucky to lose out 3-2 away to Barton Town Old Boys in Saturday’s league game.

Welfare created the first openings, Callum Ward failing to connect when well placed and Kieran Corley side footing wide. But against the run of play they were stunned to be behind, Luke Thompson being granted space to cut in and drive under Hagreen.

In reply Dave Ward worked through to win a corner from which Reece Chappell’s close in shot was blocked out, Headley had a shot headed off the line and keeper Ben White clawed Dave Ward’s wicked piledriver over. Welfare were not to be denied as Callum Ward latched onto a Young low cross and with the aid of a deflection put the visitors level.

The visitors spurned a chance to go in front early in the second half when Young blasted wide and they were left to rue it as Gareth Barlow fired home.

McGrory headed wide for Glasshoughton and Barlow headed over for the hosts, but Barton increased their lead, the pacy Thompson darting clear to beat Hagreen.

Welfare kept plugging away and when home keeper White failed to deal with a Matt Donnelly shot Callum Ward darted in to chip in on 84 minutes. But despite valiant further efforts they found keeper White in good form to deny them.

Welfare travel to play Liversedge on Saturday (3pm) and are away to Maltby MW next Wednesday (7.45pm).