Weatherald leads way as Welfare back to winning ways

Robert Pell is challenged by Chris Hirst for the ball during Glasshoughton Welfare's game against Liversedge (p715e308).
Robert Pell is challenged by Chris Hirst for the ball during Glasshoughton Welfare's game against Liversedge (p715e308).

Glasshoughton Welfare returned to winning ways with a 4-2 victory at Parkgate last night in the Premier Division of the Baris NCE League.

Faced with a huge injury list, they called upon the services of a number of second string personnel, but they rose to the challenge.

In a quickfire opening on a perfect surface the visitors were two goals to the good inside six minutes, Kingsley Weatherald meeting a perfect cross to drive in to the roof of the net from the edge of the penalty area and Robert Pell heading decisively home from a further Matt Stirland cross.

Before the Steelmen could pick themselves up Welfare could have added further goals to their tally, Stirland hesitating when in a perfect position before being finally blocked out and Pell driving over when also in a scoring position.

Parkgate eventually eased themselves into contention when Craig Fletcher hit a fierce shot over Keeper Antony Wetherell’s goal, but the first period ended 2-0 and belonged mainly to Glasshoughton with some strong running and overlapping from Blain Kellett. They almost added to their lead on the stroke of half-time as Pell again put a further good opportunity wide.

Sam Smith replied for Parkgate after the break when left in space to drive into the roof of the net. But Welfare continued to play some quick passing football and Weatherald finished off a delightful move before he then put away a penalty awarded for a foul on Greig McGrory.

Although Fletcher again reduced the arrears, the visitors held on to the end to register their first win since November, a run of nine outings.

Glasshoughton: Wetherell, Beaston, B Kellett, Parkes (L Kellett), Swales, Chappell, McGrory. Weatherald, Pell, Stirland, Howgate (Nodder).

Welfare were also in action on Saturday when they draw 2-2 against Liversedge – for a report and pictures, see Thursday’s edition of the Pontefract & Castleford Express.