A gale force wind blowing across the pitch along with a heavy surface spoilt Kellingley Welfare’s latest West Yorkshire Division One game as a spectacle, but they could be proud of their performance despite suffering a 5-1 defeat at Pool.
The final score certainly flattered the hosts with bottom of the table Kells making it hard for Pool, particularly in a first half that was keenly contested and saw both sides make chances without being able to convert.
A mistake in defence just a minute before the break cost Kells dear as stopper Shaun Russell managed to get a palm to the ball, but the wind just took it inside the far post.
Worse followed when the hosts went two up five minutes into the second period, Welfare defenders waiting for an offside decision that never came.
But Kells replied when a flowing move started by Rob Anderson and Jordan Hutchinson ended with Luke Bain curling the ball round the outstretched arm of the Pool keeper.
Hopes of a comeback were dashed 10 minutes later, however, as the hosts increased their lead.
Anderson was unlucky to rattle the Pool upright with the keeper beaten as the visitors kept battling. But Pool increased their lead direct from a free-kick.
Kells battled on and twice were unlucky to be pulled back for offside when breaking through on goal.
Pool hit a late fifth to settle the game, with Welfare missing from a spot kick with the last kick of the match.
Kells gave their all with everyone turning in a committed performance. Monkhill Sandwiches MOM award went to keeper Russell, who pulled off a whole host of superb saves.
Next game sees Kellingley travel to Knaresborough Town.