Glavin’s hat-trick keeps Glasshoughton in hunt for play-offs

Hat-trick: Conor Glavin.

Glasshoughton Welfare boosted their hopes of reaching the Toolstation NCE Division One play-offs when they came from behind to beat Dronfield Town at home on Tuesday night.

Up against opponents four places and nine points behind them at kick-off, they were shocked to go a goal behind with barely a minute played, but hit back with a first half hat-trick from Conor Glavin, who scored twice in the away encounter earlier in the season.

Ryan Ferguson got the fourth goal in the second half, following up after Glavin had missed his second penalty of the game.

On a fairly heavy pitch, which stood up well after the recent weather the visitors took the lead with their first attack as Luke Fereday’s high ball in from the right looped over keeper Jacob Collier.

Welfare hit back as Glavin saw a header go just wide then an Alex Marsh corner was powerfully headed home by Glavin.

Six minutes later they took the lead when the returning Andy Horbury was brought down in the area and Glavin stepped up to beat Lewis Naylor from the penalty spot.

Glavin got his third a minute before the break, converting a free-kick from the edge of the area.

Welfare came under extreme pressure in the early stages of the second half, but survived as a number of chances were missed. The hosts then sealed their victory as Horbury was again fouled in the area. Glavin’s spot kick was beaten away by Naylor only for Ferguson to fire it back across the keeper into the far corner of the net.

The hard working Horbury had a chance to get on the score sheet minutes later, but his effort rolled past the far post.

Welfare have not played many better footballing sides at home this season than Dronfield, but it was a credit to the home defence that they showed great composure to see the game out.

Welfare’s game against Swallownest at home, which was postponed last Saturday, will now be played on Tuesday, March 27.

This Saturday Glasshoughton are away to Ollerton Town.

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