Glasshoughton Welfare go out of county cup after battling effort

Glasshoughton Welfare manager Mick Norbury. Picture: Simon Hall
Glasshoughton Welfare manager Mick Norbury. Picture: Simon Hall

Glasshoughton Welfare gave a good account of themselves against higher league Harrogate Railway, but went out of the West Riding County Cup in the first round on Monday night.

Dan Barrett, who played for Glasshoughton last season under Jon Miles, scored twice for Railway as his new side eventually won 4-1.

While Barrett and Vincent Dhesi went close for Railway in the first few minutes Ryan Smith was inches away from giving Welfare a shock lead.

Eventually Railway took control as captain Dan Thirkell scored from a corner. Barrett then broke clear and neatly finished past Welfare goalkeeper Jordan Watson.

Thirkell played a part in the third which arrived 10 minutes into the second half. His header came crashing back off the post and centre-half Alex Low was on hand to score.

Welfare had a period of pressure which saw Smith narrowly miss the target again. A quick counter attack did force Glasshoughton’s deserved goal and Regan Fish was the player who coolly finished.

It did give them brief hope of a dramatic comeback until Barrett spectacularly curled an effort from distance into the top corner.

Glasshoughton went down to a narrow defeat to Eccleshill United in Toolstation NCE Division One on Saturday.

Welfare missed many early chances and were punished when a Liam Bartle header clinched the points for the home side.

They looked good in the opening minutes. A header from Ashley Scothern was tipped away by home keeper Joe Stead and the follow-up shot by Kingsley Wetherald struck a defender’s head to be deflected for a corner. From this big defender Leon Cusworth headed just wide.

Del Pollock then shot over and Wetherald hesitated to see another chance go.

The home team were not to be outdone and Bartle hit a shot just wide. Welfare keeper Jordan Watson then made a great block with his feet.

For Welfare, Nathan Keightley drove a 25-yard effort just over and Wetherald could not control the ball when through.

In the second half Stead pulled off another good save before Wetherald fired a shot just over and a volley just wide.

The hosts were looking dangerous on the break and after going close twice Bartle scored the winner on 70 minutes when he headed home from a corner.

Welfare manager Mick Norbury was sent off by referee Ricky Taylor when he argued to the official over a quickly taken free-kick by his team which was halted.

Late on Wetherald put a great pass into the area where Stead made a great reflex save to keep a Pollock header out with the follow up shot hit just wide by Ryan Smith.

This Saturday Welfare are at home to second-placed Bottesford Town (3pm) and are taking part in National Non League Day. Any adult with an international football shirt will get in for £1, any junior is free and adults without will pay only £3 instead of £5 with concessions £1. Next Tuesday the first team will play a Leeds United youth side in a friendly at the Leeds Road ground. Kick-off is 7.30pm with admission £5 and £2 concessions.