Glasshoughton Welfare in seventh heaven in FA Vase

Glasshoughton Welfare's Darrell Young.
Glasshoughton Welfare's Darrell Young.

In-form Glasshoughton Welfare registered their fourth straight victory when they proved too good for Askern Welfare in the first qualifying round of the FA Vase.

After successive league away wins the confidence they have brought was soon on show with Glasshoughton running out emphatic 7-2 winners.

The opening stages were all Houghton. Darrell Young’s long ball almost put Joel Freestone in, but the Askern keeper Sam Kirk came out to clear. Freestone and Calum Ward were then both unlucky as they missed chances.

They had to replace injured left-back John Hirst on 22 minutes with Reece Chappell taking his place, but within seconds took the lead as Kieran Corley fed Calum Ward and the centre-forward beat Kirk from close range.

Ward soon added a second from the spot after Freestone had been brought down in the box, but Askern pulled a goal back after also being awarded a penalty, controversially as the challenge of keeper Paul Hagreen on Josh Taylor had not resulted in the forward being upended.

Matthew Devine scored and his side then quickly levelled as Houghton’s defence went to sleep, allowing Chris Telling clear to shoot home.

The visitors’ response was immediate with Ward’s cross finding Corley, who slid his shot past Kirk for the fifth goal in 12 minutes.

Houghton were dealt another injury blow when captain Young had to be replaced, but within a minute sub Ben Clayton extended their lead from Danny Middleton’s corner.

They went further in front on 50 minutes. Middleton’s surging run left Ward to beat Kirk for his hat-trick.

Middleton was then clean through, but with only Kirk to beat shot tamely at the keeper. Freestone beat two defenders in a run to the byline before seeing Corley’s shot rebound off the crossbar.

Houghton did go further in front on 65 minutes as Freestone raced clear to score and they added another within two minutes, Freestone’s cross being headed home by Ward.

Further chances fell to Liam Tuck and Ward, but Glasshoughton had done more than enough to earn a home tie in the second qualifying round against Armthorpe Welfare.

Before then they are away to Parkgate in the league on Saturday and go to Nostell MW next Tuesday.

Glasshoughton made it three wins on the trot in the Toolstation NCE Premier League in midweek, but needed a questionable last minute penalty to clinch a 2-1 success over Maltby Main.

They started well enough with Middleton side footing an early chance wide and Robert Pell unfortunate to see home keeper Jamie Bailey get a desperate hand across to divert his header away.

Kieran Corley could not beat Bailey one-on-one and Houghton were to rue the early misses when Main went ahead, a back header by Alex Low failing to reach keeper Paul Hagreen, to allow Rob Branagan in to place past the stranded custodian.

Welfare were then indebted to Hagreen bringing off a point blank save from Branagan. But they got a lifeline with a penalty on the half-hour, Ward being hacked down in the area before stepping up to finish the job from the spot.

Pell was again unlucky as a header hit the crossbar, but as the interval came it was Main who looked more menacing.

The game was evenly balanced in the second half and both sides appeared to be settling for a share of the spoils until Welfare’s Freestone darted in to the box only to be met with at the least a clumsy tackle. To almost everyone’s surprise the match official pointed to the spot and Ward stepped up to convert his second penalty of the night with virtually seconds remaining.