GLASSHOUGHTON Welfare emerged from the gloom of continuous match postponements to take full points from their trip to Rossington Main in NCE League Division One on Saturday.
Damion Liddle (pictured) scored the all-important goal in Welfare’s 1-0 win.
On a heavy but commendable playing surface both teams opened cautiously but despite the long lay off displayed some fine touches with Welfare making the first opening when Josh Corbett tested home keeper Marek Niedomagala with a bending 25-yard free-kick.
Liddle’s pace was causing a square home defence problems and although the visitors’ striker failed to lob the keeper on the first clear break it was not long before he hit the target, again outstripping the defence on the quarter hour mark to place past the advancing custodian.
Welfare’s Liddle and Del Pollock were playing neat combinations but it was Main who should have levelled when Zack Thomas shot straight at Simon Kemp when well placed and when a series of visitors mistakes again allowed Thomas on goal to produce a much better effort, Kemp was equal to it, going full stretch to turn over.
The game remained tight during the second period with Welfare through Liddle and Pollock having slightly the better of the exchanges, although Kemp was kept on his toes, being called upon at intervals to deny the eager home front line
Although the game was played in the best of spirits an out of the blue flare-up saw the dismissal of Welfare’s Darrell Young and Main’s Andy Culshaw on 70 and although Main threw everything at Welfare in the closing period a stalwart defence held firm to take full points. Welfare had continued where they left off way back in late November on a winning note.
Welfare: Kemp, Sadler (Mattison), Hegarty, Booth (Edney), Nodder, Banton, Corbett, Newton, Young, Pollock, Liddle (Jones).
l This Saturday sees Welfare back at home when Handsworth are the visitors for another NCE Division One game. The West Yorkshire League side are away to Woodhouse Hill.