Glasshoughton Welfare recover from slow start to post another win

Glasshoughton Welfare recovered from the shock of conceding a first minute goal as they beat Dronfield Town 3-1 to maintain their top six position in the Toolstation NCE Division One.

Thursday, 23rd January 2020, 6:00 am

Lowly Dronfield delivered a quick surprise as they went in front in the first minute when Danny Wood squared to Connor Chappel and he made no mistake, beating keeper French from 12 yards out.

Houghton made a slow start and Dronfield were having all the play. It was 20 minutes before Welfare had their first chance as Nathan Perks’ header on found Mark Ferguson, but his shot from wide right went over the crossbar.

Top scorer Perks saw his cross-shot rebound off the post and from Perks’ cross Ashley Bell saw his diving header parried by Dronfield keeper Naylor and cleared by a defender.

Goal maker: Fidel Mhlolo, who supplied a defence splitting pass for Glasshoughton Welfares second goal against Dronfield Town. Picture: Allan McKenzie

A goal looked to be coming and it arrived two minutes from half-time when Bell’s corner fell to Danny Youel six yards out at the far post and he drilled his shot through a crowded area into the net for an equaliser.

At the start of the second half Houghton increased their pressure and from a free-kick Dronfield cleared off their goal-line while Nicky Lalousis had his shot blocked by a defender.

Welfare took the lead on 58 minutes as Fidel Mhlolo’s defence splitting pass left Perks with only Naylor to beat and he did just that, sliding his shot past Naylor into an empty net.

Dronfield pushed forward but Wright’s through pass to Chappel ended when under challenge from Youel he pulled his shot well wide.

Houghton sealed the game with a third goal on 75 minutes. From just inside the Dronfield half Perks put Andy Horbury clear down the right and his cross from the bye-line was run into the net by Ryan Hallsworth.

A further chance was missed when Ferguson beat Naylor to a through ball, leaving the keeper behind, but his cross met by Nelson was headed wide of an empty net.

Glasshoughton play a third successive home game when they host mid-table Hallam this Saturday.