Glasshoughton Welfare’s play-off hopes dented after move into top six

Adam Walsh, who was on target for Glasshoughton Welfare against Campion.
Adam Walsh, who was on target for Glasshoughton Welfare against Campion.

Glasshoughton Welfare saw their six-match unbeaten run ended and their play-off hopes dented when they went down 3-2 to Campion in the Toolstation NCE Division One on Tuesday night.

Welfare moved up into the top six when a great second half performance saw them run out 5-1 winners against Rossington Main at a cold TJs Arena on Saturday, but they could not follow it up against Campion.

Groundstaff did well to make the pitch playable, but were not rewarded as the home side struggled to get going and found themselves behind to a Jahro Parchment goal in the first half.

Mark Ferguson doubled the Campion lead after the break before Andy Horbury’s low drive gave Welfare hope.

That was taken away when Jason Davies made it 3-1 on 84 minutes.

An injury time Adam Walsh header was too little too late for Houghton on a disappointing night. They remain in sixth, but will see it as a missed opportunity after they made great strides at the weekend.

With the majority of games falling foul to waterlogged pitches, and seventh-placed Winterton Rangers going down to a defeat at Emley, Welfare took full advantage last Saturday as two goals each from Andy Horbury and Conor Glavin along with the opener from Rob Oldham sealed a 5-1 win at home to a hard working Rossington Main.

Houghton did not have it all their own way, especially in the first half when big goalkeeper Matt Zaniewski had to make a couple of fine saves.

Welfare opened brightly and good passing between Tom Carr and Mitch Wilshire saw Carr’s shot blocked. Just after Carr deflected a Robert Marsh cross just wide. Man of the match Rob Oldham over ran the ball when one-on-one with visiting keeper Dan Morton and he could only prod the ball into the hands of the keeper.

Not to be outdone, Oldham opened the scoring on 22 minutes when he met Horbury’s overhead kick and stroked the ball past Morton.

At the other end, Zaniewski made a fine one handed save and another great block. He nearly blotted his copy book as his poor throw out was picked up by Curtis Mann who raced through, but the keeper made amends with a save.

The visitors were level on 37 minutes when Zaniewski blocked two opposing players, but the loose ball fell to one of them, Jason Stokes, who while laid on the ground managed to clip the ball into the net.

Welfare were lucky a minute later when a free-kick was headed onto the home cross bar by Lee Holmes. The home side had a strong penalty shout turned down after Horbury was brought down, but on the stroke of half-time Carr was bundled over by Lee Betts and Glavin hit the resulting penalty home.

The second half opened with Carr firing a trademark vicious free-kick inches over the bar.

Holmes tested Zaniewski with a low shot before Houghton went three up on 61 minutes after good work by Oldham. He fed Carr whose shot was blocked, but the rebound fell to Horbury 15 yards out and he fired past the unsighted Morton.

Carr then missed a simple header with only Morton to beat and Glavin fired an effort over. However, a few minutes later Glavin blasted his second penalty home after substitute Jamie Simpson was fouled by Morton.

Welfare got their fifth on 80 minutes when Horbury latched onto a ball from the left, turning to fire high past Morton.

In the closing seconds Horbury could have had his third, but his shot went inches wide.

After the game Welfare joint manager Darren Homes said: “In really difficult conditions the lads battled hard against a very dangerous Rossington team that still had a glimmer of hope of reaching the play-offs.

“They came and had a real go, especially in the first half and we rode our luck a couple of times and didn’t really play the conditions very well.

“The second half we did a professional job taking the game to Rossington and we totally dominated. We got our rewards. Some excellent finishing and a solid team performance.

“It feels good to be in the top six and the lads will be fighting to stay there right to the wire.”

Glasshoughton continue their busy run with an away game at FC Bolsover on Saturday then a trip to Ollerton Town next Monday and a third successive away match at Worsbrough Bridge Athletic next Wednesday.