Lights go out on Glasshoughton at Hull - again

Del Pollock, scored in vain for Glasshoughton Welfare at Hull United.
Del Pollock, scored in vain for Glasshoughton Welfare at Hull United.

Glasshoughton Welfare will have to travel to Hull United again after their Toolstation NCE Division One game was abandoned because of a floodlight failure on Tuesday night.

Remarkably it was the second time in three years that this has happened to Welfare at the ground as a previous game against the then named Hall Road Rangers was called off early because of a similar floodlight failure.

That game lasted only 16 minutes, but this time it made it to the 51 minute mark before being abandoned.

Welfare had taken the lead after seven minutes through a Del Pollock penalty, but Hull hit back to level and were leading 2-1 when the game was called off.

Glasshoughton suffered a humiliating defeat on Saturday when they visited West Cheshire League side Vauxhall Motors in the first qualifying round of the FA Vase.

Welfare were beaten 5-0 in what was easily their worst performance of the season and they simply had no answer to the fast Motors forwards.

The game got off to the worst possible start for Welfare when captain Jimmy Williams conceded a free-kick after only two minutes and Motors captain Jordan Brierley drove the ball in from 25 yards, somehow beating debutant goalkeeper Jordan Watson at his right hand post.

Despite Welfare attacking straight after the goal and seeing Del Pollock just beaten to the ball by home goalkeeper John Rushton they found themselves two down on 19 minutes when Motors man of the match Jamie Matthews skipped through the defence and his pass found John Atkinson who slotted past Watson.

It was all Motors now and Karl Herbert forced Watson into a good save before the keeper managed to parry away another long range effort.

Welfare came back for a period when Pollock went in on Rushton only for his effort to be blocked. Luke Norbury headed over when it seemed easier to score and Danny Cawley fired high over when Rushton flapped at a free kick into the hosts penalty area.

Welfare were three down after 32 minutes when motors attacked down the right. A fierce shot was parried by Watson and Atkinson pounced onto the rebound to fire home.

For Welfare Josh Morley hammered a free-kick just wide, but then great football by the Motors players on the left saw Matthews slide the ball past Watson on 40 minutes.

Just before half-time it should have been five when Atkinson prodded wide from an Atkinson pass and then Mark Jones drove a shot just over.

Welfare looked more interested at the start of the second half. Ryan Smith shot just wide then Regan Fish broke down the right but ran the ball out of play. John Forsyth hit a piledriver towards goal but it was brilliantly tipped away by Rushton. Norbury also headed a cross onto the roof of the net.

Motors were always dangerous, though, with Matthews skipping down the left. His pass caused mayhem in the Welfare defence and a shot was driven wide by Atkinson.

Kynan Mason shot over the bar as did Kal Herbert.

Matthews dragged a shot wide before he slotted past Watson on 71 minutes after great work by Atkinson.

To sum up a bad day for Welfare there was a push on one of their plays in the area on 80 minutes, but the resulting Louis Penty spot kick was well saved by Rushton down to his right.

Just before the end a Penty strong back pass to Watson deceived the keeper who then had to make a desperate clearance to stop a sixth goal.

This Saturday Glasshoughton are at home when they host Lincoln Moorlands Railway (3pm). They are also in action in Toolstation NCE Division One next Tuesday away to Yorkshire Amateur (7.45pm).