Glasshoughton Welfare are one win away from an appearance at Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane ground after a magnificent 3-1 NCE League Cup quarter-final victory at Hallam.
Welfare will now visit fellow first division side Penistone Church on Tuesday, April 18 in the semi-finals, bidding to complete a tremendous first campaign under the leadership of Darren Holmes and Lee Vigars.
Missing eight regular starters due to injuries and work commitments, Welfare took the lead on 35 minutes when a corner from Josh Morley saw Callum Harrison leap to head home.
Glasshoughton keeper Jordan Bradshaw came to the rescue when he kept out Lee Stevenson’s header straight after half-time before the lead was increased on 59 minutes when a crossfield pass from Nathan Keightley found Andy Horbury and he laid the ball off to new boy Elliot Williams who side footed past the home keeper.
Williams got his second of the night on 78 minutes when he raced down the right and angled a shot past the keeper.
It was a nervy last 10 minutes for Welfare with Bradshaw making good saves. He was beaten by a Tom Roebuck 89th minute header, but it proved a mere consolation for Hallam who can now concentrate on their play-offs bid.
Glasshoughton went from the sublime to the ridiculous in less than 72 hours when a poor performance saw them suffer a 1-0 defeat at Ollerton Town in Division One.
After the superb midweek cup win, they were looking to gain valuable league points to bolster their chances of finishing high enough up the table to gain a place in the FA Cup next season.
However, a lack lustre display saw them drop to 12th place after the players were hardly able to put two passes together.
Welfare made one change from the Hallam win with Olly Maude making himself unavailable much to the angst of the Welfare management team. Lewis Akeister took his place.
They soon knew they were up for a tough game with the home side pressing well.
Jordan Bradshaw, in goals, did well to tip away a dangerous corner. At the other end Jordan Schofield blocked Elliot Williams as he looked to pounce and home keeper Scott Stretton saved at the second attempt from an Andy Horbury shot. A fierce Josh Morley shot was well pushed away by Stretton.
Bradshaw saved Welfare on 22 minutes when he palmed away a 25-yard effort from Sam Dockwray, but the keeper was lucky minutes later when Greg Tobin headed an effort over an open goal.
Ollerton had another chance on 38 minutes when Mike Brearley headed away with Bradshaw calling for the ball and the follow-up was hit just over by Kyle Ludlow.
More poor Welfare defending allowed Tobin to hit another effort just over before the break.
Ollerton took the lead on 51 minutes. Welfare attacked down the right, but the ball was lost and with defenders missing, the ball was knocked into Lewis Bingham who ran on and slotted past Bradshaw.
On the restart the hosts came again and an effort was blasted over the bar. Just after this welfare had their best chance when Elliot Williams saw his downwards header palmed over by Stretton.
Ludlow had another good chance for the home side, but smashed his shot over and then for welfare Horbury was through on goal only to fail to get a shot away as he was tackled.
Just after this a Keightley pass saw the ball reach Horbury but his shot was blocked.
In the last 10 minutes Bradshaw saved at point blank at his near post from Brandon Shaw and then Mark Carter headed into the keeper’s hands when well placed.
This Saturday Glasshoughton are at home to Eccleshill United in what they see as a must-win game to have any realistic chance of finishing the season in a top 10 league place. Kick-off is 3pm.