A gutsy display almost brought Glasshoughton Welfare a share of the spoils against title contenders Brighouse Town in the Premier Division of the Toolstation NCE League on Tuesday night.
Against a fluent attacking side Welfare needed to produce some dogged defensive work to keep the visitors at bay early on.
Just when they looked to have weathered the assault Danny Nadiole was left in space and put Brighouse one up on 15 minutes.
From then on Brighouse were in buoyant mood and home keeper Paul Hagreen brought off a number of first class saves to keep his side in contention.
Welfare then hit a purple patch, but when it was looking like they might equalise they gave away a penalty with a clumsy tackle by Adam Walsh on Nadiole. The spot kick was put away by Ryan Hall to leave the home team with a mountain to climb.
Glasshoughton responded positively and Del Pollock put away a Josh Prudhoe cross to reduce the arrears.
They pushed on for an equaliser only to be caught on a counter attack when after a lightning break Nadiole charged past Hagreen to seal Brighouse’s victory.
Welfare were also worthy of a share of the points in a bitty free-kick ridden encounter at Thackley on Saturday, but a missed penalty in added time saw them leave the Bradford area empty handed after a 1-0 defeat.
Thackley enjoyed the better of the early exchanges with Chris Davey working to the bye-line to cross only to lack support and then the same player blasting over when well placed.
In the visitors’ first attack of note Hilliaro Serroa was put well clear, but also ballooned a good chance well over.
From the first of many niggling free-kicks of the afternoon Welfare’s Adam Walsh headed narrowly wide and following a further free-kick Del Pollock drove wide.
After a spell of neat football from the visitors Pollock forced a double save from home keeper Ben Higginson.
Thackley forced a number of corners, but were finding the Welfare defence in an uncompromising mood.
Both teams were attempting to play football, but the game was stop-start from frequent free-kicks being awarded against both sides from perhaps an over fussy referee.
When visiting keeper Paul Hagreen mis-handled to give away a corner Thackley’s Liam Hudson headed narrowly wide and on a slippery surface both teams were struggling to find any cohesion.
After Serroa had missed an absolute sitter the game appeared to have scoreless written all over it until in the 89th ninth minute Thackley broke the deadlock, James Firth receiving and controlling, again from a free-kick, on the edge of the penalty area to hook in and net what transpired to be the match winner.
Deep into injury-time Welfare had a great chance to snatch a point when Pollock was upended by keeper Higginson and they were presented with the opportunity to level matters, but unfortunately Pollock’s fiercely driven spot kick cannoned back of the crossbar and the player failed narrowly to convert the rebound which would have given his side the point their efforts so richly deserved.
This Saturday Glasshoughton are back at home when they entertain Barton Town Old Boys in another Premier Division game, kick-off 3pm.