Glavin and Horbury double up as Glasshoughton boost hopes

Glasshoughton Welfare's Conor Glavin.
Glasshoughton Welfare's Conor Glavin.

Glasshoughton Welfare maintained their play-off challenge in Division One of the Toolstation NCE League when they secured a 4-0 win at relegation threatened Brigg Town.

Conor Glavin’s two first half goals set Welfare on their way and a further two from Andy Horbury in the second period settled the game.

Despite their lowly position Brigg battled hard and welfare keeper Matt Zaniewski had to make two fine saves in order to keep a clean sheet.

Ryan Ferguson and Gareth Hunter came back into the Houghton starting line-up from the side that had drawn against Winterton 48 hours earlier with Mitch Wilshire and Lewis Akeister making way.

Welfare were ahead from the eighth minute as Connor Rollinson’s cross was met by Glavin who powered a shot from 18 yards past keeper Pat Shaw.

Two minutes later it was 2-0 when Glavin headed home James Kay’s corner. Shaw did well to palm a Tom Carr header away as Welfare threatened again. At the other end Myles Lawman flashed a shot just wide and Zaniewski did well to keep out Joe Moloney’s effort.

Welfare were looking to put the game to bed as the second half began, with Carr heading just wide and a 30-yard screamer from Alex Marsh clipping the bar. Shaw saved low shots from Glavin and Carr while Zaniewski foiled Jonny Nicholls with a fine block.

Welfare finally added to their tally with 15 minutes left as Horbury struck with a sumptuous volley from 30 yards out.

Horbury should have had his second minutes later when through on goal, but with only Shaw to beat he lifted his effort over. Substitute Jamie Simpson was then unlucky when his clinical effort from a cross was somehow cleared off the line by the foot of a defender.

Welfare completed the scoring just before the end when Horbury headed home from a Marsh corner.

Joint Welfare manager Lee Vigars said: “Fair play to our boys after working hard for the full 90 minutes and taking home the points less than 48 hours after an extremely tiring and energy sapping game against play-off rivals Winterton Rangers.

“We gave everything on Thursday night and ended up with a good point. That point is now an even better one as we have backed it up with a good away win.

“Brigg made us work and although we were 2-0 up early they never stopped coming at us. We now move onto Rossington Main next week at our place in another vital game.”

Up against a Winterton team just above them in the table at the TJs Arena last Thursday, neither side could find the net and it ended 0-0.

Home keeper Jacob Collier hardly had a direct save to make in the first half. Opposite number Dale Coy’s only anxious moment was a Tom Carr free-kick that just cleared the bar.

Welfare attacked more in the second half and a ball in from the right reached Mitch Wilshire, but he could only guide the ball into the arms of Coy. Late on Carr headed a corner down and Wilshire could not quite force the ball home.

Welfare host Rossington Main this Saturday and are at home to Campion next Tuesday.