Glasshoughton Welfare's winning run ended by promotion contenders
Glasshoughton Welfare joint manager Lee Vigars admitted his side had been second best as their brilliant winning run was ended at the TJs Travel Arena last Saturday.
Welfare went into their game against Winterton Rangers on the back of seven straight wins and a huge climb up the Toolstation NCE Division One table into the top four, but faced their toughest challenge to maintain that run against opponents in second place with promotion ambitions of their own.
And it was Winterton who came out on top with a 2-0 victory adding to their 3-0 win over Glasshoughton on the opening day of the season.
Joint manager Vigars said: “No complaints from me. Although far from our recent levels of performance we were well and truly beaten by an organised and committed side who in all fairness have dominated in every department.
“We didn’t start the game very well and didn’t put Winterton under any real kind of pressure whatsoever.
“What’s made us so successful over the past three months has been a never say die attitude, even when things weren’t going our way, but we had a taste of our own medicine.
“Credit to Winterton, they’ve come to our place and played like a side who are in contention for the title. We’ve said all along it would take a good side to beat us and it has."
Winterton had most of the first half pressure, but both sides created few chances with defences staying solid.
Houghton’s best opportunity came when Daniel Youel’s long ball found Ryan Hallsworth down the left and from his pass inside Nathan Perks saw a shot blocked. The ball fell to Mark Ferguson whose volley from the edge of the area was stopped by a defender on the line.
The visitors went in front five minutes into the second half when Nathan Peat’s pass set up left-back Scott Mathews to shoot past goalkeeper Mat Zaniewski.
Peat then twice saw shots go just wide and a volley over as Welfare survived.
For the hosts, Hallsworth intercepted a loose midfield pass and carried to the edge of the area, but his low shot was held by Winterton goalkeeper Popple.
Winterton sealed the game with eight minutes left. Once again Peat assisted as his pass found Paul Grimes who with Zaniewski off his line lobbed the advancing keeper to make it 2-0.
In the closing stages Houghton’s pressure forced several corners, but Popple saved well on the line and collected at the second attempt.
Glasshoughton dropped to fifth place and now face another tough test this Saturday when away to Selby Town, who are only one point behind them from four fewer matches and very much in the running for the four promotion places that are available in the division this year.