Glasshoughton fail to halt promotion challengers

Glasshoughton goalkeeper Josh Archer.
Glasshoughton goalkeeper Josh Archer.

Glasshoughton Welfare were unable to put a spoke in the wheels of promotion contenders AFC Mansfield on Tuesday night as they lost 4-1 in their Division One game in the Toolstation NCE League.

Goals from Craig Mitchell, Jason White. Jake Pick and Darren Rick made it a comfortable night for the second-placed Mansfield team with Leon Cusworth getting a late consolation for Glasshoughton.

Welfare also fell to a heavy defeat on Saturday when they visited Westella VIP at Barton-upon-Humber.

Two goals in either half saw them undone and had it not been for goalkeeper Josh Archer the scoreline could have been higher.

Welfare were missing influential defenders Jimmy Williams and Andy Seed and this showed in the first minute when Joe Mcfadyen broke through and Archer showed great reflexes to claw his shot round the post.

A few minutes later Chris Spinks hit a shot wide. Welfare came close on 15 minutes when Ryan Poskitt headed a corner just wide, but then at the other end Connor Rollinson cleared off the line as Archer fumbled a corner.

Westella took the lead on the half hour when the Welfare defence was caught square and Spinks waltzed through to hit the ball past Archer.

From the kick-off Welfare lost the ball and were two down. The ball was lost on the left and Mcfadyen raced onto it and slotted past Archer into the far corner.

‘Houghton tried to hit back and good play on the left saw the ball reach Poskitt who saw his shot saved low down by Nathan Otley.

On the stroke of half-time Archer made a great block from Mcfadyen to keep Welfare in the game.

The second half opened strongly for Westella and once again Archer saved his team from going further behind. Substitute Luke Salas broke free and with a one-on-one with the keeper Archer made a great block.

Play switched to the other end and Ashley Scothern lobbed the ball over Otley only to see the ball bounce against a post and then cleared.

On 57 minutes the home team went three up when they were allowed too much space down the left. The ball was played across the edge of the area and Alex Wood hammered home.

Welfare tried to come back and young Kris Fawcett hit a shot just wide of the far post.

Welfare conceded a fourth goal on 64 minutes when once again poor defending allowed Mcfadyen to nip in and lob the ball over Archer for his second.

Just after this, and during a scramble in the area, Archer got down well at his near post to divert a goal bound effort for a corner.

In the final few minutes Welfare looked for a consolation goal with Poskitt’s 30-yard shot going just over and then the same player brought a great save out of Otley who made an instinctive save to help the effort over the bar.

Glasshoughton are back in action tonight at Thackley (7.45pm) when they play their NCE League Cup fourth round tie postponed last Thursday.

They play their last home game of the season on Saturday, against Shirebrook Town (3pm) after which they will hold their player of the year awards and race night.