No joy for battling Glasshoughton Welfare

Russell Headley, who created chances for Glasshoughton Welfare.
Russell Headley, who created chances for Glasshoughton Welfare.

Glasshoughton Welfare’s disappointing run continued when they lost 2-0 at home to Bridlington Town on Saturday, but they matched their east coast visitors for most of the Toolstation NCE Premier Division game.

In an even opening it was the visitors who created the first opening, home keeper Paul Hagreen turning over a shot from Town’s Joel Sutton and from the resulting flag kick Tom Fleming raked a shot across goal before going dead.

In Welfare’s first response Russell Headley worked cleverly to the bye-line, but from his cross Hilliaro Serreoa attempted to control when a direct header would possibly have been more effective and the chance went.

The busy Town were soon back on the offensive and it took some desperate defending by the home men to repel a series of corner kicks to keep Bridlington at bay and take the game to the interval scoreless.

Immediately from the start of the second half Welfare almost took the lead. First, Headley again worked some magic to force in from the left only to plant his close range finish into the side netting then a screamer of a shot from Serreoa was touched to safety via the crossbar by visiting keeper Phil Dobson.

They were missed chances the hosts were to shortly rue as Town went away to take the lead, keeper Hagreen being caught in no man’s land to allow Tom Fleming, cutting in from the left flank, to drive home in the 52nd minute.

Having had as much play as the visitors, Welfare were clearly stunned at this goal out of nothing and responded with some aplomb, but a free-kick on the edge of the area was wasted when Pat Mumbly ballooned over and Serreoa’s low shot was turned away by Dobson.

As the game swung from end to end Welfare continued to be in the hunt, but on 87 minutes Bridlington took advantage of some poor defending to go further ahead, substitute Craig Hogg being allowed oceans of space to sweep in from the right flank and drive an unstoppable shot past Hagreen.

The seasiders now had control of the proceedings and despite close efforts by James Beaston and Liam Tuck Glasshoughton finished having failed to find the net for the third consecutive game, making this Saturday’s return fixture at Bridlington something of a daunting task