Glasshoughton Welfare left their recent woes far behind as they produced an inspired performance on Saturday to lower the colours of Premier Division leaders Tadcaster Albion, who had not conceded a goal in their previous five outings.
A Thomas Carr penalty proved enough to give Welfare a morale-boosting away win in the Toolstation NCE League.
In a game where the visitors made it clear they had not come to lie down a much firmer defensive performance and some fantastic goalkeeping took them through to reap the reward they deserved.
As early as the opening minute Albion looked dangerous with Stuart Rice floating a shot past keeper Paul Hagreen’s upright and Welfare were called on to defend a series of corner kicks.
Welfare also suffered an early blow when after 10 minutes when Del Pollock was forced to retire with what appeared a hamstring strain, to be replaced by Liam Kellett. This resulted in the visitors being squeezed back onto the defensive by a good ball playing side. In slight relief from defending Andy Seed struck a fierce shot past the upright and Liam Kellett swerved an attempt just past the angle of the upright and crossbar, but Welfare were looking more and more to the goalkeeping skills of Hagreen who fortunately was on top form in repeatedly denying the hungry home forwards.
Hagreen made an uncharacteristic spill which was seized upon by Nick Deverdics, but much to the relief of the keeper he poked the chance wide – an incident which appeared to inspire the keeper who went on to deny anything Albion could throw at him
What transpired to be the winning goal came from the penalty spot in the 62nd minute. Kellett chased a through ball and was quite unnecessarily taken out by home keeper Arran Reid who was then beaten from the spot by Carr.
From then on Albion went into a full attacking mode in which even keeper Reid supported at corner kicks and Welfare were called into some stern but effective defending.
But although actually clearing off the goal line on more than one occasion, they looked more than capable with the return of Liam Tuck and Jamie Williams and with Hagreen in unbeatable form, so much so that he won the Tadcaster MOM award. The runaway leaders were unable to find a way through and Welfare deservedly took the spoils.
Welfare made it a double success when they were also in action on Tuesday night away to Retford United.
They travelled with a patched up side, but in a gritty encounter with every player giving 100 per cent they deservedly took the spoils with a 2-1 win against another of the Premier Division title contenders.
In the first period Welfare were the better side and a Reece Chappell 27th minute knock in from a deep throw-in took them to the interval with the slightest of leads.
United were a changed side in the second half and put the visitors’ defence under a lot of pressure. And despite the commanding presence of keeper Paul Hagreen it was no surprise when the hosts levelled, Sam Jones forcing in from a disputed free-kick.
But Glasshoughton were far from beaten and after being denied by a double save by Jim Hitchcock Welfare’s Andy Seed nipped on to a through ball to slide past the advancing home keeper with the clock showing five minutes remaining. Welfare then hung on to take full points from a game in which everyone gave their all and could look back a great few days.
This Saturday Glasshoughton are back at home against Basford United (3pm).
Pontefract Collieries hit the goal trail as they beat lowly Appleby Frodingham 5-1 in Division One.
All the goals came in the first half with Colls easing off after the break and being unable to improve their goal difference further.
Andy Catton put them ahead after eight minutes before Liam Radford doubled the advantage.
Appleby stunned the hosts when Michael Clements pulled a goal back on 25 minutes, but this only served to sting Ponte into more action with Kingsley Wetherald netting within four minutes.
Catton then added his second before Radford completed the scoring.
Ponte are still eyeing a top four finish with three games left, beginning with their trip to Grimsby Borough this Saturday (3pm).