Despite being without the services of key players Glasshoughton Welfare returned to winning ways last Saturday with a 2-1 success in a vital six-pointer against fellow strugglers Armthorpe Welfare in the Toolstation NCE Premier.
Welfare hit an early purple patch which in the end made the game safe as the visitors turned on the style in the later stages during which Glasshoughton were more than pleased to hang on.
Armthorpe were presented with a glorious chance in the opening minutes which Jay Rollins squandered by lifting over with home keeper Josh Archer well beaten.
Archer then saved a fierce low drive from Adam Lee, but in almost their first sortie Welfare built well, Josh Prudhoe slipping Kyle Sambrook clear who went on to drive a low shot inside the upright to put the home men into a tenth minute lead.
Glasshoughton were spurred on and bombarded the away goal for a period, getting just reward five minutes later when in a crowded area Armthorpe’s Andy Walkden had the misfortune to put a back header past his own keeper.
Armthorpe responded strongly with Craig Morley putting a firm header over and Walkden almost making amends when latching on to a defensive error only to shoot wide when well placed.
But Welfare came close to a third on the stroke of half-time when a shot from Kingsley Weatherald hit the upright.
Armthorpe looked the better team in the second half, outplaying Glasshoughton in almost every position other than goalkeeper where Archer repeatedly kept an eager attack at bay, being assisted by some woeful finishing by the visitors forwards.
Weatherald did put one effort over for the hosts before Armthorpe scored in the 71st minute as Lee went clear to dink over Archer.
Glasshoughton were forced to defend almost continually up to the final whistle, but saw the game out for their first win since early August.
A scratch Welfare side produced a battling display in midweek only to lose 3-0 at Staveley MW.
They were dealt an early cruel blow as in the third minute Staveley’s Joe Flint looked well offside, but was allowed to play on and place past stranded keeper Archer.
Welfare eventually settled and Del Pollock, Kingsley Weatherald and Josh Prudhoe all tested home keeper Steve Hernandez without success, but it was Staveley who scored again just before half-time when Flint headed home from a corner.
Pollock saw a free-kick well held by Hernandez early in the second half, but Staveley struck again through Pat Lindley and the final score was tough on Glasshoughton.
Welfare were no match for higher league Farsley AFC as they crashed out of the West Riding County Cup at the first round stage on Tuesday night.
The gulf in class was apparent from the start as Evo-Stik Premier League Farsley were soon their way to a 7-0 win.
Aidan Savory scored an early opener and it was some time before Welfare produced their first shot on goal, Matt Haigh firing wide from distance
On the stroke of the interval Welfare conceded two further goals with Adam Priestly and Kyle Hancock finishing off some slick play to make it 3-0.
The tie was put to bed early in the second half as Savory side footed Farsley further ahead and minutes later Marcus Edwards increased the lead from an angled shot.
Welfare got in their only meaningful shot of the game with Josh Prudhoe testing keeper Tom Taylor, but Farsley went on to add to their tally with strikes by Aodhan Brownlea and substitute Ross Daly.
This Saturday Glasshoughton return to league action away at Thackley (3pm).