Glasshoughton Welfare bounce back after opening day loss

With some good signings in prolific striker Nathan Keightley, Adam Hayton and Jamie Simpson there are hopes that Glasshoughton Welfare can enjoy an improved season in Division One of the NCE League, but they have had mixed fortunes in their first two fixtures.

Wednesday, 4th August 2021, 10:00 am
Nathan Keightley, back at Glasshoughton Welfare.

With some good signings in prolific striker Nathan Keightley, Adam Hayton and Jamie Simpson there are hopes that Glasshoughton Welfare can enjoy an improved season in Division One of the NCE League, but they have had mixed fortunes in their first two fixtures.

Away to Brigg Town in front of a good size crowd in their opening game on Saturday, they began well to lead at half-time, but went down 3-2.

Lewis Stephens fired Welfare ahead six minutes before the break and they defended strongly to keep their hosts out.

But Scott Phillips levelled for Brigg five minutes into the second period then Alfie Usher netted Brigg’s second goal on 76 minutes.

Welfare stuck to their task and scored their second goal late on through Joe Milner, but Andy Taylor’s goal ensured the home team took all the points.

Glasshoughton were quickly back in action last night when they hosted Hall Road Rangers in their second league game and collected their first three points of the season with a 2-1 victory.

All the goals came in the second half when ‘Houghton went ahead through Stephens and made it 2-0 with Carl Robinson on target before a late reply from David Harrison proved just a consolation for Rangers.

Welfare are without a match this weekend after being given a bye to the first qualifying round of the FA Cup, when they will play Maltby Main away on September 11.

They are in action again next Tuesday, at home to Ollerton Town in the NCE League Cup first round (7.45pm).