Glasshoughton Welfare and Winterton Rangers were both thankful for a point from last night’s (Tuesday) error-strewn Baris NCE League Premier Division bottom of the table clash at Leeds Road.
A 0-0 draw was, for the most part, devoid of any skill.
Winterton opened the brighter and for most of the game appeared to have more zest than the hosts.
Rangers’ Scott Matthews put an early chance wide and in reply Greig McGrory raked a shot across the visitors goalmouth.
In a length of field move Winterton’s Rikki Paylor went close to opening the scoring as Welfare were forced in to early defending and when they found relief McGrory hit a perfectly timed volley into the safe hands of Rangers goalkeeper Leigh Herrick.
Shortly before the interval Welfare’s Reece Chapell was forced to retire, being replaced by Freddie Swales
Winterton resumed the second period much the livelier side, the home defence being again put on to the back foot and being firstly much relieved to see an half chance put wide by Matthews and then further relieved to witness a tremendous 25-yard drive strike by Rangers’ Chris Funnell cannon of the underside of the crossbar and bounce out to relative safety.
Daz Young (pictured), returning for Welfare following an enforced lay off, worked into good positions on consecutive occasions but after blazing well wide then only half hit the second effort which was collected comfortably by Herrick.
As the game went in to the closing stages both teams, and in particular Welfare with their habit of late capitulations, were fearful of conceding, both requiring the point on offer for differing reasons, and both were relieved to go to the final whistle with honours shared.
Welfare’s line-up: Antony Wetherell, James Beaston, David Ward, Blain Kellett, Jack Nodder, Reece Chappell (Freddie Swales), Greig McGrory, Daz Young (John Hirst), Robert Pell, Tom Woollard (Matt Stirland), Russell Headley (John Hirst). Sub not used Andrew Sunley).
Glasshoughton host Long Eaton United on Saturday (3pm).