Glasshoughton Welfare stun Brid in cup cracker

James Dyson, who was part of the Glasshoughton Welfare team that beat Bridlington Town in the NCE League Cup.
James Dyson, who was part of the Glasshoughton Welfare team that beat Bridlington Town in the NCE League Cup.

A gritty and enthusiastic display saw Glasshoughton Welfare shock high flyers Bridlington Town to go through to the fourth round of the NCE League Cup on Tuesday night.

Welfare left their poor performance at the weekend behind as they ran out 2-1 winners at their Leeds Road ground.

The visitors were the first to settle, opening the home defence for Craig Hogg to hit a rising screamer which home keeper Josh Archer helped over the crossbar and it was some time before Welfare created an opening, which Arran Horton drove wide.

Brid keeper Andy Sanadall denied Horton and at the other end Welfare were indebted to Archer as he brought off a double save.

From the start of the second half Welfare forced Town on to the back foot and after 57 minutes found the opener, a long clearance being seized upon by Matt Cressey to lay into the path of Liam Hurst who simply stroked home.

Welfare quickly went further ahead, Horton going on a mazy right flank run to cut in and drive low across keeper Sandall into the far corner of the net on the hour mark.

Welfare looked value for their lead, but before being able to settle on it were dealt a blow when following what looked a dive Town were awarded a penalty, which was converted by Ashley Allanson.

With both teams going flat out the game remained on a knife edge, but some determined defending by the home side with keeper Archer coming to the rescue on a number of occasions saw them hold out to go through to the next round in which they entertain AFC Mansfield on Tuesday, January 27.

Welfare: Archer, Leung (Mackie), Morley, Dyson, Walsh, Snaith, Horton, Kellett, Hurst (Moore), Prudhoe, Cressey.

Glasshoughton made a disappointing start to 2015 in the league as they were heavily beaten 8-1 at Barton Town Old Boys in the Toolstation NCE Premier on Saturday.

Although at times playing some good football on a bumpy surface crucial defensive lapses virtually handed victory to Town on a plate.

Welfare almost took the earliest of leads, a Kingsley Weatherald piledriver cannoning back of the home crossbar with the rebound being put wide by James Dyson.

Town immediately broke to catch the visitors’ defence flat footed and allow Scott Phillips to chip the home side into a second minute lead.

Welfare responded positively, Matt Cressey having a fierce shot finger tipped over by home keeper Rick Watson.

The Barton custodian then denied Dyson with a last gasp block. Town brought play away with a length of the field move, but with the goal at his mercy Phillips lifted over.

Despite being behind Welfare were playing some decent football, but found themselves further in arrears when keeper Josh Archer appeared to be baulked at a corner kick to allow Gareth Barlow to toe poke home. Again Welfare had a good effort blocked out by Watson and in an almost carbon copy Town broke swiftly to go further ahead, once more from a corner.

With the visitors’ defence looking shaky and indecisive Town added to their account before the interval, a free-kick finding Phillips totally unmarked to head in.

Within minutes of the restart despite a valiant initial save by Archer, Louis Kirk netted at the second attempt to put Town way out of reach.

Despite Welfare gamely plugging away there were further scores from Alex Sherwood on 61 minutes, Ashley Dexter on 65 and Chris Gowen on 84, with a superb consolation strike in between by Nathan Perks.

Welfare: Archer, Mottley-Henry, Morley, Kellett (Perks), Leach, Snaith, Dyson, Cressey, Horton, Weatherald, Prudhoe (Leach).

Despite the defeat Welfare remain second from bottom ahead of their home game with Handsworth Parramore this Saturday (kick-off 3pm).