An injury time goal earned Glasshoughton Welfare a share of the spoils in a thrilling 3-3 draw with derby rivals Garforth Town in Saturday’s Toolstation NCE Premier Division game at Leeds Road.
It was a dramatic finish to a pulsating clash in which the lead changed hands three times.
Welfare appeared the more dangerous during the early exchanges, with man of the match Russ Headley putting in some good work before firing wide. In Town’s opening attack Conner Bower also shot wide and when the visitors forced a corner kick from a glaring offside situation Andy Hawksworth lifted the ball over the crossbar.
In end to end play both teams played some delightful football to continually open up defences and give the respective keepers a busy time.
On 38 minutes, Welfare’s Dan McDaid finally beat keeper Mick Bathurst with a fine header from an inch perfect Headley cross, the goal coming from the underside of the crossbar.
The game continued in a similar vein with both teams throwing everything into attack.
On 60 minutes Welfare felt harshly done by when the referee awarded Town a most dubious spot kick following what appeared to be an innocuous challenge and Josh Cartmen stepped up to beat Paul Hagreen and level the scores.
From this point Garforth were on top and Welfare had a let off when Town’s substitute Curtly Martin-Wyatt missed a glaring sitter.
It was no surprise when the visitors snatched the lead, defender Taylor Reis going forward to pick up from a deep throw in to drive past the flat footed Hagreen on 73 minurtes.
Welfare however came back strongly and within minutes from a midfield free kick by Headley, Dalton Harris flicked a back header which beat Bathurst to once again put the scores level.
With the game looking set for a 2-2 draw, Welfare lost Daz Daz Young who was sent off for physically removing an opponent who was preventing him from taking a free kick.
They suffered another setback on 88 minutes when Martin-Wyatt made amends for his earlier miss by driving a chance low past Hagreen to score what appeared to be the winning strike.
To Welfare’s credit they went all out in a last effort to salvage something and four minutes into added time they got their just rewards.
Headley again put in a perfect free kick which Town found difficult to defend and centre back Mitch Boland inadvertently glanced the ball over his own keeper to square matters again and give both teams a share of the points from a thoroughly entertaining game.
Welfare visited Long Eaton United last night (Wednesday) in a league match.
On Saturday, they host Maltby Main at Leeds Road in a league fixture (3pm).
Glasshoughton: Hagreen, Donnolly (Curtis), Chappell, Beaston, Low, Edwards, Headley, Young , Harris, Serrao, McDaid. Subs (not used) Hirst, Sunley.