A poor performance in their last home game of the season saw Glasshoughton Welfare concede four goals for the third time in their last three Toolstation NCE Division One games when they were comprehensively beaten by
play-off hopefuls Shirebrook Town at Leeds Road.
This was the eighth time this season that Welfare had conceded four goals in a game and as in their previous few games poor defending contributed to this latest defeat.
Welfare looked okay in the first few minutes and Lucas Middleton saw an effort go just over James Dean’s crossbar. However, at the other end Oliver Beaumont hit the crossbar with home keeper Josh Archer beaten.
Welfare forced two corners on 11 minutes, but from the second one the ball was cleared up the visitors’ right wing, Liam Greenfield latched onto it and he hit the ball over Archer from 30 yards to open the scoring.
The hosts tried to hit back and a corner was hit into the six-yard box, but the attack could not force the ball home. Ryan Poskitt fired a shot just wide and Jimmy Williams headed just wide from another corner.
Shirebrook virtually put the game to bed on 24 minutes when, after Welfare lost the ball twice with sloppy play, Beaumont volleyed home a right wing cross.
Similar to last week at Westella, ‘Houghton lost the ball straight from the restart and Shirebrook went into the home area where Will Dodds slotted the ball past Archer.
The hosts came close to pulling a goal back near the end of the half as Ashley Scothern headed a Kingsley Wetherald cross against the bar. Dean then parried a Wetherald free-kick away.
Shirebrook started the second half on top and the ever dangerous Greenfield put an effort on top of the goal net.
Welfare pulled a goal back from the penalty spot on 55 minutes when Dodds tripped Wetherald in the penalty area and the striker got up to beat Dean with the spot-kick.
As the game petered out Scothern could not quite guide the ball home from a cross and Wetherald had a snap shot collected by Dean.
Poor defending on the edge of the area contributed to the fourth and final goal for Shirebrook as the ball fell to Greenfield who ran on and he stroked home past the helpless Archer.
Despite a flying start with a fourth minute goal by Ashley Scothern, Welfare were knocked of the NCE League Cup when going down 5-1 at Thackley last Thursday.
Glasshoughton end their season away to Winterton Rangers this Saturday (3pm).
Following last Saturday’s game Welfare held their presentation night. Jimmy Williams was awarded the manager’s player of the year award and Josh Morley collected the committee player of the year and also the players’ player of the year awards.