Horbury doubles up as Glasshoughton go into top 10

Glasshoughton Welfare's Ash Scothern (left).
Glasshoughton Welfare's Ash Scothern (left).

Glasshoughton Welfare were delighted to make it five wins from six matches in Division One of the Toolstation NCE League when they travelled to Teversal on Tuesday night.

A 3-2 success lifted Welfare up to ninth place with Andy Horbury the hero as he added two goals to the one he got at Eccleshill on Saturday.

Welfare opened the scoring on seven minutes when a great pass from Nathan Keightley found Horbury and he curled the ball into the net.

Ashley Scothern notched a second on 15 minutes, but the home side pulled a goal back 10 minutes later.

Daniel Bacon equalised just after half-time and a draw looked on the cards until the 83rd minute when Keightley’s shot was blocked, the ball came back to him and he passed to Horbury who guided the ball past a number of defenders into the net.

A strong second half performance saw Welfare claim all three points at a cold Eccleshill United ground last Saturday.

Oliver Maude returned to the Welfare squad after a short transfer to Selby Town a couple of weeks ago. Elsewhere in the team, Welfare were forced into changes with Andy Holland replacing the transferred Dan Waring in goal and Andy Horbury coming in for suspended captain Adam Hayton.

Glasshoughton made the worst possible start as Andrew McManus lost the ball on halfway and it found its way to Luke Harrop whose lob went over Holland into the far corner.

The home side should have been two up a minute later when Holland only half smothered a through ball at the edge of the area and Charlie Flaherty hit the loose ball just over. Welfare came close on 10 minutes as Connor Glavin headed a corner just wide and then the same player forced home keeper Ben Higginson into a low save.

The keeper managed to flick away an effort from Scothern while Callum Harrison headed a corner just over. At the other end, Liam Hudson fired in a long range shot that Holland managed to palm away. Just before the break Harrison headed another corner just wide.

Welfare started the second half much stronger, although Holland had to be on his guard as a speculative long shot was held. Glavin hit a shot just over as Welfare began to get on top.

The equaliser came on 61 minutes with Horbury nodding home at the far post from Josh Morley’s cross.

Welfare attacked again through Horbury, but from his cross Glavin’s shot fell into the arms of the keeper. The winning goal came on 80 minutes as Morley cut in from the left and played the ball to Maude who turned to fire past Higginson.

More chances followed in the final minutes with Higginson snatching the ball off the feet of Glavin and Horbury firing a shot just past the far post.

Welfare’s joint manager Lee Vigars said: “We’re doing it tough with a number of injuries throughout the squad added with the suspension of skipper Adam Hayton, but the lads really showed some guts after going behind early on.

“Again Ash Scothern led the line superbly with Andy Horbury turning in a great performance in an unfamiliar position. He scored a well deserved goal as did the impressive Olly Maude when coming on at half-time.”