GLASSHOUGHTON Welfare slipped to a surprise 1-0 defeat at lowly Worsborough Bridge in Tuesday night’s NCE League Division One match.
Thomas Guest’s 15th minute goal earned Worsborough victory in a game that did not start until 8.30pm because of floodlight problems.
Welfare gave probably their worst performance of the season.
Their only real chance came in the 90th minute when Ryan Poskitt’s shot went over the bar.
In-form Poskitt scored two goals in Glasshoughton’s 3-2 home win over Winterton Rangers on Saturday.
Ashley Scothern also got on the score sheet as Welfare raced into a 3-0 lead but Winterton pulled back two goals to set up a nervy finish for the home side.
Welfare made changes from the midweek defeat at Grimsby. Captain Adam Hayton made a welcome return after illness and Adam Walsh came back into the back four. Matt Cunliffe replaced Mike Brearley at left back and Gareth Hunter moved to right back in place of Sam Varley.
Welfare had an early chance when visiting keeper Rob Zano flapped at a high ball and Nathan Keightley fired the loose ball over the bar.
Glasshoughton then went ahead after seven minutes when Keightley’s shot was half saved by Zano and Poskitt pounced to hit the loose ball home.
Winterton rallied and home keeper Jordan Bradshaw did well to push a stinging Matthew Crane shot away for a corner.
Welfare doubled their lead after 12 minutes after great work between Poskitt and Keightley.
Poskitt headed the ball over the defence to Keightley who beat a defender before pulling the ball back to Poskitt who fired in his 11th goal of the season.
Welfare went further ahead seven minutes later when a Gareth Hunter free kick was headed across goal by Andy McManus and Scothern showed great composure to clip the ball home.
Winterton opened their account when a lack of communication in the Welfare area allowed Pettit to run on and he fired a shot beneath Bradshaw.
Shortly before half-time Welfare were unlucky not to increase their lead, with Keightley driving a ball against the cross bar and then Connor Glavin striking a post.
Early in the second half Welfare had a lucky escape when a shot from the right flew across the face of goal. Bradshaw then pulled off a great save to tip over a deflected shot.
At the other end, free-kick expert Glavin clipped the visitors bar with his effort.
The visitors got their second after 71 minutes when a strong 25 yard shot from Crane caught out Bradshaw and the keeper could only parry the ball into his net.
It was an anxious last 15 minutes for Welfare as a header went just wide. McManus then headed an effort off the line.
Joint manager Lee Vigars was pleased with Glasshoughton’s display.
He said: “The boys all dug deep. We took advantage of a slow start by Winterton and raced into a commanding 3-0 lead. The game should have been put to bed by half-time but again missed chances didn’t help our cause.
“ Two more from Poz (Poskitt) and Ash (Scothern) with a controlled finish set the game up for us. We were holding on in the end but the boys showed great character to see the game out and claim another important three points.”
Glasshoughton visit sixth-placed Hallam on Saturday (3pm).
Glasshoughton Welfare: Bradshaw, Hunter, Cunliffe, Hayton, Walsh, McManus, Scothern, (Horbury), Glavin, Poskitt, Morley. Unused subs Akeister, Horn.
Glasshoughton have been reinstated into the NCE League Cup fourth round.
They were defeated by Harrogate Railway in January but it transpired that Harrogate had played an ineligible player.
Welfare will now visit Hallam in the quarter finals on Wednesday, March 29 (7.45pm).