Five alive Glasshoughton Welfare off the mark in style

Two goals: Steve Palfrey.
Two goals: Steve Palfrey.

Glasshoughton Welfare got off the mark for the season in style on Tuesday night when they hammered Rossington Main 5-0 in Division One of the Toolstation NCE League.

On an encouraging night for Mock Norbury’s side they were in sharp form up front and also did well at the back to keep the club’s first clean sheet since April 22, 2014.

Two thunderous strikes by Steve Palfrey and one from Danny Cawley gave Welfare a 3-0 half-time lead.

Regan Fish and Tom Carr were then on target after the break to complete the fine win. A great all-round team performance meant that Welfare are unbeaten in the league this season.

Glasshoughton brought a point back from their second long trip in five days when they drew 2-2 at Grimsby Borough on Saturday.

This fixture came off the back of a horrendous M62 trip to Runcorn Linnets where they bowed out of the FA Cup in midweek and in the circumstances it was a good effort to earn a point after they had two players sent off even if they did let a two-goal lead slip.

Welfare, with Del Pollock and Tom Carr missing from the line-up, looked confident at the start and young Ryan Smith, making his second appearance for the side, opened the scoring on 11 minutes when a cross from Regan Fish was knocked back by Luke Norbury and Smith drove home from just inside the area.

Welfare suffered a massive blow after 26 minutes when goalkeeper Matt Stables was sent off. With the Welfare defence appealing for offside Stables brought down Grimsby player Wilson just outside the area and was shown a red card.

Welfare captain Jimmy Williams donned the keeper’s jersey, but things looked good for the visitors when Danny Middleton put Smith through and he lobbed the keeper for his second of the game.

Grimsby pulled a goal back on 40 minutes when once again, with the Welfare defence appealing for offside, Jacob Wilson slotted past Williams.

On 65 minutes Glasshoughton were reduced to nine players when midfielder Danny Snaith was sent off for throwing the ball at a Grimsby player.

Down to nine men, the Welfare players were soaking up the pressure until the 80th minute when Andrew Allott was allowed a free header to level the scores.

Both teams had chances to score in the last few minutes and Welfare were disappointed not to have a penalty awarded. But they had to settle for their second draw in two league matches.

Welfare manager Mick Norbury was unhappy with his side’s lack of discipline at times so far this season.

He said: “Five games and four straight reds. Not good enough.

“We are not going to win games with 10 or nine.

“People may think that we are a dirty side, but we are not. Petty things like throwing the ball at an opponent.

“None have been for dirty challenges or fighting.

“We have only been beaten once and that was to a very good Runcorn side. We just need to keep 11 players on the pitch.”

Glasshoughton will be looking to climb the Division One table this Saturday when they are at home to Hall Road Rangers who lost their first four league games before winning 1-0 at Knaresborough on Tuesday. Kick-off is 3pm.

With the games coming thick and fast Welfare are also at home again on Tuesday night (7.45pm) as they take on early pacesetters Hallam.