Glasshoughton miss out in final game of season

Glasshoughton Welfare's Andy Seed.
Glasshoughton Welfare's Andy Seed.

Despite closing the season with a disappointing 3-1 defeat, Glasshoughton Welfare gave a good account of themselves against a Winterton Rangers side that looked far from an already demoted outfit.

The result meant that after an up and down season Welfare have finished in 16th place in the Premier Division with 48 points from their 44 games

In their last game Welfare surrendered possession right from the kick-off and were almost made to pay as Rangers went full length of the field only for home striker Ryan Thompson to put an easy chance wide.

On a perfect track Welfare were put under early pressure, only the determined defending of Adam Walsh keeping the home men at bay.

When the visitors responded Josh Prudhoe finished a good build-up with a weak effort of a shot which hardly troubled home custodian Daniel Waring. Both teams settled in to playing some entertaining football and the visitors had a let-off when Callum Render headed against an upright.

Winterton did go in front on the half-hour as Thompson made amends for his previous narrow miss by slotting past Ben Timson with some ease to put Rangers ahead.

From this score the hosts enjoyed a spell of supremacy, but apart from Ben Gearing heading a good opportunity wide they were being more or less held by a resolute Welfare defence until on the stroke of half-time Leigh Hutchinson was left unmarked from a corner to head in.

Playing well above their lowly rating, Winterton continued to look the sharper after the break and it was no surprise when they increased their lead on the 71st minute, Welfare keeper Timson hesitating before making an attempt to cut out a neat though ball which allowed Thompson to net his second.

But to Welfare’s credit they continued to plug away and were rewarded when Liam Kellett ploughed through a number of would be challenges to drive past Waring and give Welfare a possible lifeline.

However, despite Glasshoughton going all out in an attempt to reduce the arrears Rangers held firm to deny them any joy from the last game of the season.