Late goal denies Glasshoughton in opener

Adam Hayton, who went close to scoring for Glasshoughton Welfare.
Adam Hayton, who went close to scoring for Glasshoughton Welfare.

Glasshoughton Welfare lost their first game of the new season when going down to a last minute Scott Phillips strike at a sun baked Hall Road Rangers.

Second half goals from Rich Collier and Nathan Keightley gave Welfare hope after James Piercy had opened the scoring for Hall Road, but a Phillips brace won it for the home side.

Joint Welfare managers Darren Holmes and Lee Vigars gave nine new players their league debuts for the club with only Lewis Akeister and Mike Brearley starting from last season’s team.

Welfare were on the back foot in the opening few minutes, but home keeper Jody Barford made a great save from an Adam Hayton free-kick.

The home team took the lead on 20 minutes when a free-kick was floated in and the ball struck Piercy and looped into the net.

Welfare tried to hit back with Keightley having a cross hammered away and Hayton and Andy Horbury seeing shots deflected.

A good start to the second half saw Keightley flash a shot across goal before an equaliser came on 56 minutes when Collier met a great pass by the impressive Andy McManus to score with a first time shot.

Callum Harrison fizzed a shot just wide and Keightley shot just over as Welfare were looking good. Substitute Jermaine Moyce also saw a header just clear the bar, but it was Rangers who scored next through an overhead kick by ex Scarborough striker Phillips from 10 yards out.

Welfare came back and Collier shot wide before Keightley equalised on 80 minutes, latching onto a great ball from McManus to lob the ball home.

Both sides then had chances to win it with Brad Kilner making a great goal-line clearance. But with virtually the last kick Phillips sealed the victory for the hosts.

Welfare joint manager Darren Holmes said: “There were lots of positives and it was disappointing because we think highly of ourselves.

“Hall Road dominated the first half but we took the game to them in the second half and were more positive. With a bit more luck in front of goal the result would have been different. The lads worked hard, battled and deserved a draw.”

Welfare now play Brigg Town away in the League Cup tonight before they play league games at home to Rossington Main on Saturday (3pm) and away to Campion next Wednesday (7.45pm).