Nathan Perks at the double for 10-man Glasshoughton Welfare

After having a man sent-off just 20 minutes into last Saturday’s Toolstation NCE Division one game at home to Rossington Main the 10 men of Glasshoughton Welfare turned in a heroic performance to win 2-0.

Thursday, 16th January 2020, 7:00 am

Division One top scorer Nathan Perks added two more goals to his already impressive tally to get Houghton back to winning ways after two defeats and keep them in the promotion hunt.

Welfare are now back up to sixth place and will be looking to kick on again in the next two weeks with further back to back home games against sides below them in the table, the first seeing Dronfield Town visit the TJs Arena this Saturday.

Perks had an early chance when put through by Mark Ferguson, but Rossington keeper Jan Budjz blocked his shot. Moments later Ashley Bell headed just over the crossbar.

Nathan Perks (left) celebrates scoring his second goal for Glasshoughton Welfare against Rossington main. Picture: Keith A Handley

Captain Craig Tonkinson was then dismissed for a foul challenge to leave the home side with 10 men for the remainder.

Houghton stepped up a gear, however, and Perks put them in front after finishing well following Bell’s run down the left and cross from the bye line.

Rossington had a chance to level when Kianga’s run took him in the area. His shot was deflected back to him, but he was unable to control and the ball ran dead.

Welfare almost added a second as Perks’ cross fell to Bell only for his shot to rebound back off the foot of the post.

They did make it 2-0 on 63 minutes when Francisco Mateos was brought down in the area and Perks blasted the resulting spot kick past Budjz for his 26th goal of the campaign.

Rossington should have pulled a goal back. Thomas Foltyn Brown escaped his markers from a free-kick but from five yards out his header at the far post went wide.

Thomas also had a chance for the visitors when Bradley Billam’s pass put him through, but he dragged his shot wide. The last chance saw Andy Horbury battle past three defenders to put Ryan Hallsworth in only for a heavy touch to allow Main’s Budjz to collect.