Hayton is spot on as Welfare grind out victory

Glasshoughton Welfare returned from North Lincolnshire on Saturday with all three points after defeating Westella & Willerby 2-0 in Division One of the Toolstation NCE League.

In a disappointing game both sides struggled to control the ball, but Glasshoughton came through it to win on their first visit to this ground.

A debatable second half penalty gave Welfare the lead and Connor Glavin hit home the very last kick of the game to seal victory.

Welfare made one change to the side that had defeated Brigg Town in midweek with Ashley Scothern replacing dual registered Greg Hunter, who was recalled by Ossett Town.

On a poor playing surface they nearly fell behind after two minutes when keeper Dan Waring struggled to clear a 50/50 ball. At the other end Josh Morley had a low shot parried and drilled another ball in, but Scothern was unable to connect.

Mike Pecora for the home side had a great chance cleared and Andrew Lewis hit a shot well wide.

Home keeper Derek Peat made comfortable saves in the first half from Ryan Poskitt, Morley, Glavin, and a headed chance from Scothern. The keeper also had his hands stung by a rasping shot from Scothern just before the break.

On the resumption the home side had a couple of chances. Pecora hit a wild shot over then Waring made a good block with his feet. The keeper was also untroubled by shots from range, but the home side seemed to get on top.

The game came to life a little on the hour when Morley hit a great ball in and Callum Harrison’s header was pushed over by Peat. Ryan Poskitt sliced a shot wide before Welfare took the lead on 75 minutes via a controversially awarded penalty.

Nathan Keightley went through on goal and Peat got his hands to the ball as he challenged the forward. The young striker went down and referee Thomas Cadman pointed to the spot with Adam Hayton converting the resultant penalty.

Home substitute Danny Holiday shot well over for the home side as they looked to hit back before Waring made a low save from the same player,

Welfare sealed the points three minutes into added time when a Keightley shot was parried by Peat and Glavin hammered the loose ball home.

After the game Welfare joint manager Lee Vigars said: “It was hard work for both sides on a heavy and sticky pitch. We said to the lads that there would not be a lot of football played on the pitch and that we had to grind out a result. That’s what we did.

“Ash Scothern worked hard up front all afternoon and helped to link up the play.”

Welfare are back at home this Saturday against Ollerton Town (kick-off 3pm).