Knight and Clarke commit to Glasshoughton Welfare

Andy Horbury.
Andy Horbury.

Highly regarded young attacking midfielder Jack Knight has signed for NCE Division One side Glasshoughton Welfare.

Knight has been an academy scholar at FC Halifax Town for the past two years and was part of the Halifax side that lost to Chester FC in the National League Alliance Cup final in May.

He joins a Glasshoughton side looking to kick on after finishing in the top six last season and will replace Lewis Akeister who has ended his near three-year spell with the club by signing for Nostell MW, reuniting with his former manager, Simon Houghton.

Striker Andy Horbury has given Welfare a major boost, however, after turning down a number of other clubs to remain at Leeds Road.

During his two years with the club the young forward has gone from being an unknown quantity to a leading player in the division. He did consider his options for a few weeks, but in the end he has shown loyalty to managers Darren Holmes and Lee Vigars who gave him his chance in the NCE League.

Welfare continued their pre-season games with a 1-1 draw at Yorkshire Amateur last Saturday when Horbury scored their goal from the penalty spot.

An impressive 4-0 home win over Goole AFC followed on Tuesday night when Sam Pashley opened the scoring in the opening half and three more goals were added after the break with Ryan Ferguson, Seb Sokol and Grychiak on target.

They are in action away to NCE Premier Garforth Town tomorrow night (7.30pm).