Welfare share the spoils with Maltby

GLASSHOUGHTON Welfare's John Hirst (right) is challenged by a Maltby Main defender in Saturday's game. PICTURE: ALLAN MCKENZIE (P702A249.
GLASSHOUGHTON Welfare's John Hirst (right) is challenged by a Maltby Main defender in Saturday's game. PICTURE: ALLAN MCKENZIE (P702A249.

HONOURS were even in Saturday’s entertaining Baris NCE League Premier Division clash between Glasshoughton Welfare and Maltby Main at Leeds Road.

A contest between two teams at the lower end of the table ended in a 1-1 draw.

In an even opening, Glasshoughton’s Daz Young slotted a perfect ball through for Carl Fothergill to drive past the upright.

When the visitors replied, Welfare were fortunate to survive, with a Mick Cuckson free kick taking a ricochet and striking the foot of an upright before the ball ran to safety.

Andy Fieldhouse picked up deep in his own half to go on a mazy length of the field run to force a corner kick from which Craig Maynard shot narrowly wide and Welfare stayed on the offensive for Fothergill to go close with a low grubber shot.

Stephen Crawford, making his first-team debut, caused the visitors’ defence problems and after accelerating clear he lifted a good chance over.

Play was end to end with neither side bossing the proceedings and Main should have taken advantage of some hesitancy in the home defence but Robert Branagan ballooned over the bar when well placed.

Shortly before the interval Welfare were denied the clearest of scoring opportunities as Crawford, angling in on goal, was blatantly tripped and almost everyone in the crowd were stunned in disbelief that the an obvious penalty was not awarded.

Main had much the better of the exchanges early in the second period and the Welfare defence was stretched to the limit as first Adam Houghton put a good chance into the side netting and then Cuckson shot directly at keeper Ben Draper.

Welfare gradually got back into contention and were presented with a golden opportunity to open the scoring but Young, on a one to one with keeper Jamie Bailey, failed to find the net.

After both teams were reduced to 10 men with the dismissal of Welfare debutant Crawford and Main’s Joe Austin for nothing more than a minor skirmish, Welfare broke the deadlock in the 83rd minute.

Substitute Matt Stirland, having replaced Liam Tuck some ten minutes earlier, struck a fierce low drive past keeper Jamie Bailey to register what looked like being the match winner.

However, Welfare’s defence creaked and groaned under a final onslaught and not for the first time this season capitulated in added time, Main’s Brian Cusworth finding space at the far post to lash home and give the visitors a somewhat late but deserved share of the spoils.

Glasshoughton: Draper, Beaston, Hirst, Maynard, Nodder, Tuck (Matt Stirland), Wilson (Weatherald,), Fothergill, Young, Fieldhouse, Crawford. Subs (not used): Swales, Cullen, Gorner.

Welfare have no fixture this Saturday because original opponents Parkgate FC are involved in the FA Vase.

They now visit Parkgate next Tuesday (7.45pm) before hosting Hall Road Rangers at Leeds Road on Saturday, December 15 (3pm).