Welfare warm-up for new season

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Glasshoughton Welfare continued their preparations for the new season with a battling display in a 2-2 draw at home to Grimsby side CGB Humbertherm.

Welfare were indebted to keeper Paul Hagreen for keeping them in the game against the Lincolnshire League Premier Division outfit as he made a number of crucial blocks in the early stages against eager visitors.

It was Welfare, however, who opened the scoring when Kieran Corley’s swerving free-kick went straight through the under pressure visiting keeper’s grasp on the half hour mark.

Humbertherm levelled just before half-time, Danny Trott being given the freedom of the park to go directly through and drive past the stranded Hagreen.

In the second period Welfare found themselves behind courtesy of a wonder goal by Reece Clarke, finding the top corner from all of 35 yards, and it was not until the closing minutes that they restored pride when Andy Sunley finished off a length of the field move to bring things all square.

Glasshoughton are without a league fixture on Saturday’s opening day of the season, but they have arranged another friendly when a combined first and second team will be at home to a West Yorkshire League XI, kick-off 3pm.

They travel to Staveley MW to open their league programme next Wednesday (7.45pm).