Glasshoughton Welfare lose out to title contenders

Hilliaro Serrao.
Hilliaro Serrao.

A plucky Glasshoughton Welfare were always second best to promotion contenders Brighouse Town in the Premier Division of the Toolstation NCE League on Tuesday.

They kept battling to the finish, but were trailing from the 15th minute and lost 3-1.

Welfare had the first chance from a first minute corner, but Hilliaro Serrao sent his effort over.

The lively start continued as Welfare keeper Paul Hagreen had to be alert to field a wicked goalbound ricochet from Tom Matthews.

Welfare were denied what appeared to be a deep free-kick and the home men took advantage to race the length of the pitch for Matthews to lash a shot into the top corner for the opening goal on the quarter hour mark.

The goal settled Town and for a period they were well on top. Hagreen denied them with a double save, but Brighouse went further ahead as Danny Naidole outstripped the defence down the left to cross for Ernest Boafo to score shortly before the interval.

Welfare put in a much improved performance in the second half and despite Town’s Matthews heading against the crossbar and poor defending allowing Ryan Hall to increase the home men’s lead they were more in the game with Serrao notching a much deserved consolation goal in the closing minutes.

Glasshoughton’s recent run of good form came to an abrupt end on Saturday when they lost 2-1 at home to Albion Sports in a match that was very much winnable.

A defensive miskick put Albion in for the first half chance, but home keeper Hagreen was alert and dealt comfortably with Bradley Riley’s effort. As Welfare continued in a dithering opening Gareth Grant forced Hagreen into further action, the keeper clawing a shot round the upright.

The hosts eventually found their feet and replied with a concerted bout of pressure, but then Albion came away for an unmarked Alex Cusack to be allowed space and time to drive under Hagreen to give Sports a 25th minute lead.

Welfare quickly replied as Dalton Harris turned his marker to lash home low and hard under the diving Brian Aaron in an almost carbon copy of Albion’s goal.

Glasshoughton then had the opportunity to go in front, but Daz Young put a reasonable chance wide and hesitation from the striker saw a further opportunity lost.

At the other end, Welfare were thankful to see Cusack blaze over after darting clear. From this Glasshoughton appeared to take heart and mounted a concentrated period of attack on the visitors’ goal. But just when it appeared they must score a long ball out of defence found them pushing forward at the expense of defending, leaving Cusack totally unmarked to cut in and drive under Hagreen on 70 minutes to score what was to prove to be the match winner.

In response Serrao worked cleverly to the bye-line to cross, but there were no takers and the visitors heaved a sigh of relief. Despite some close calls, including Serrao blazing across goal, Albion hung on to take full points from a Welfare side who were bemused as to how they had not at least got a share of the spoils.

Welfare are at home this Saturday when they take on Garforth Town, kick-off 3pm. League action also takes them to Long Eaton United next Wednesday (7.45pm).