Christmas came early at Glasshoughton Welfare as they registered their first win since late September when beating Liversedge in the Toolstation NCE Premier Division at Leeds Road on Saturday.
When poor marking and a miskick at a crucial moment let in the visitors’ Adam Smith to place past home keeper Josh Archer as early as the sixth minute the writing looked on the wall again for the home men, but Welfare rolled their sleeves up and turned it round to win 2-1 and end their 14-game run without a victory.
They took the game to their mid-table visitors and levelled after some 10 minutes of play when a scintillating move found James Dyson roaring down the right flank to angle determinedly past Liversedge’s former Glasshoughton keeper Sam Dobbs.
Welfare were buzzing and were unfortunate not to go ahead when Ryan Mottley-Henry drove a good opportunity into the side netting.
From a beautifully flighted left side free-kick Welfare’s Matt Cressey grazed the angle of the upright and crossbar and with both teams being finely balanced Liversedge replied with Smith miscuing an easy chance from close range.
It remained 1-1 to half-time with Glasshoughton encouraged by their efforts after recent heavy defeats.
From the restart Liversedge appeared the livelier of the two and for a period the home defence was stretched with both Sedge’s Jonjo Haley and Matt Durkin being denied by some fantastic goalkeeping by Josh Archer.
This gave the home side the confidence to settle down again and get back into the game. They went back in front in the 77th minute when Kingsley Weatherald latched onto a long Mottley-Henry clearance to outwit the last defender and slot past Dobbs.
Sedge came back with a vengeance and although Smith headed a good chance over and Kieran Corley shot wide when well placed Welfare were determined to register their first win for many a day.
Although Dyson miscued a golden opportunity to make the game safe, they showed character to hang onto their slender lead and deservedly take full points.
The win lifted Glasshoughton off the foot of the table, three points above Nostell MW, and they are now within three of third from bottom Armthorpe with hopes of avoiding the drop considerably boosted by last Saturday’s result.
This Saturday Glasshoughton are at home again when they host Barton Town OB, kick-off 3pm. The return game takes place at Barton the following Saturday.
Welfare: Archer, Mottley-Henry, Morley (Storey), Barraclough (Moore), Walsh, Snaith, Dyson, Cressey, Horton, Weatherald (Hurst), Prudhoe.